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.
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.
We believe in a holistic or team approach.
Having a multidisciplinary team is paramount in achieving the best possible outcome.
Each scenario is unique but here is a list of the other types of practitioners that may need to be involved in your treatment:
- Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Speech and Language Pathologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Crainiosacral Therapist
- Myofunctional Therapist
Working with the right practitioners pre surgery for functional assessment and laying the ground work for successful postoperative therapy. If you are having troubles finding practitioners that work with lip and tongue ties we'd be happy to help.
Post operative care
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