Tongue / Lip Tie
Tongue-tie has become well known in some areas and is still quite unknown in others. When the tongue and/or lip is too tight, it causes restrictions in movement that can make breastfeeding very challenging. Mothers of infants dealing with feeding challenges want solutions and they want to breastfeed successfully. Tongue and/or Lip tie can interfere with the breastfeeding relationship. Each mother/baby is unique and therefore need to be addressed individually. Many babies require revisions to the tongue/lip tie, which can be done by a pediatric dentist or ENT.
Some common symptoms that may point to the infant being tongue/ lip tied include:
- poor latch/inability to latch
- sliding off the nipple
- fatigue during feeds
- sleepy feeds
- poor weight gain
- clicking during a feed
- maternal nipple pain/damage (can feel like the infant is compressing, chewing, gumming, pinching, scraping the nipple, etc)
- increased maternal nipple/breast infections, compromised maternal milk supply
- gastrointestinal issues (gasiness, reflux, pooping issues (too much or too little)
- aerophasia (air swallowing which can cause alot of gas and spitting up)
- various other feeding related challenges
I work closely with lactation consultants (IBCLC) and pediatric dentists in order to provide a comprehensive approach to maximizing your breastfeeding relationship.
What do I do with a baby who has tongue/lip/buccal tie?:
- Bodywork - I use gentle, soft tissue manual therapy techniques to help maximize your baby's tongue function and to identify areas that can be utilized for effectively during breastfeeding
- TummyTime!™ instruction and practice - babies with ties often have difficulty with the tummy time position, however, this position is very helpful for optimizing breastfeeding and tongue/throat mobility.
I work closely with lactation consultants and pediatric dentist to provide optimal, comprehensive care.
I am a member of the International Association of Tongue Tie Professionals and I present locally and nationally on the topic of tongue tie and use of bodywork to maximize the breastfeeding relationship.
It is HIGHLY beneficial for you baby to receive bodywork if you suspect a tongue and/or lip tie and its most important to see a practitioner who has experience in this area.
Please contact me at 513 404 7786 if you have ANY questions about this. Phone consult is complimentary.