Breastfeeding is a wonderful and healthy thing for a mother and baby to do. But for some it does not feel that way. You and your baby could be struggling because of a lip and or a tongue-tie.
If so, we can help! Treatment can be done as young as 24 hours old.
What is it?
A congenital condition that interferes with normal movement and function of the upper lip. The labial frenulum is too thick, tight or attached too low on the maxilla.
What is it?
A congenital condition that restricts the tongue's range of motion. An unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth.
Why does this matter?
Immediate problems for the mother and infant:
Infant - inadequate latch which may result in:
- "colic" gassiness
- poor weight gain
- inadequate milk intake
- unable to sustain a latch
- shallow latch
- unable to hold a pacifier
- early weaning from the breast
- Difficulty or inability to breastfeed
- Painful breastfeeding
- Mastitis, engorgement, thrush
- Anxiety, stress and fatigue
- Post-partum depression
- Early cessation of lactation
- Bleeding, cracked and flattened nipples
- Low milk supply
Long-term concerns when infants cannot breastfeed:
Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics
Potential risks for the mother:
- Increased risk of postpartum depression
- Accusations of child abuse when infants fail to thrive
- Increased risk of breast and other reproductive cancers
Potential risks for the infant:
- Reduced immunity to disease (pumping reduces this)
- Increased risk of juvenile type diabetes, allergies
- G.I. problems
- Increased risk of heart disease and obesity as an adult
- Orthodontic problems and facial development
- Increased risk of dental decay
- Spinal development abnormalities
- Speech defects
- Increased risk of SIDS
Why use a laser to correct a lip and tongue-tie?
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- No need for sedation or operating room
- Takes less than 2-3 minutes
- Infant is not away from the mother
- More precise surgery
- Drugs are not required
- Significantly reduces any risk of bleeding