Symptoms of Tongue & Lip Ties

Tongue and lip-tie are common causes of nipple pain, uneven breast drainage, slow weight gain, and low milk supply. Many physicians do not properly assess for tongue or lip-tie or recognize their impact on the breastfeeding relationship, leaving moms and babies vulnerable to early weaning.

Many babies with restrictive frenulums cannot nurse effectively unless both tongue and lip-ties are revised by frenotomy.  With an experienced provider, revision is quick and discomfort is minimal.  The discomfort from a frenotomy varies from unnoticeable (some infants sleep through the procedure) to about the same amount of pain as a from a vaccination.  The baby can nurse immediately afterward which also relieves pain.

If breastfeeding hurts mom or if baby struggles to get enough milk, then the breastfeeding relationship is at risk.  The risks of not breastfeeding outweigh the temporary discomfort of revision.  If you are considering a tongue and/or lip-tie revision, it is important to find a provider who is very experienced in revising restrictive frenulums in infants and who is very familiar with how these restrictive frenulums affect breastfeeding. Experienced providers will know how to revise completely and without the need for general anesthesia.


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