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Could a tongue-tie be causing your baby to have trouble breastfeeding?

By:

Teresa Pitman

There is a reason we offer tongue tie assessments at Speaking of Speech Therapy Services, LLC. Not only can tongue tie impact feeding, speech, and facial development later in life, but it can drastically affect a baby (and mother) trying to breastfeed.

Could a tongue-tie be causing your baby to have trouble breastfeeding?
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"If you are finding breastfeeding painful or uncomfortable, your baby might have a tongue-tie."

Ankyloglossia, the clinical word for tongue tie, affects millions of infants every year. Tongue tie occurs when the piece of skin under the baby’s tongue (called the frenulum) is tight, or shorter than normal. This can affect speech and feeding later in life, but it can also affect a baby's ability to breast feed.

Mothers that have breastfeeding babies who have trouble latching on or don't seem to be getting enough milk may have a baby that is tongue tied. Mothers that complain about raw or sore breasts and nipples also may have a baby that is tongue tied.

If you are experiencing any of these types of issues, you should schedule a time to come in with your baby for a tongue tie assessment. It only takes a few minutes. We will take a look at your baby and then help you determine if a frenectomy is right for you and recommend the next steps. Don't wait! Come see us today!

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