Tongue-tie is a problem that occurs in babies who have a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth. The medical name for tongue-tie is ankyloglossia, and the piece of skin joining the tongue to the base of the mouth is called the lingual frenulum. About 4 percent of babies are born with tongue-tie, which seems to run in families.
Will my baby’s tongue-tie interfere with breastfeeding?
It could. She may have no problem at all, or she may have trouble moving her tongue in the wavelike motions necessary for effective breastfeeding.
-Here are some signs that your baby’s tongue-tie may be causing feeding problems:
-She repeatedly breaks suction while feeding.
-She makes clicking noises while feeding.
-She’s gaining weight too slowly.
-You experience nipple pain when she nurses. (She may be chewing rather than sucking in her effort to access the milk.)
-Your milk supply is dwindling.
Frenulectomy (Tongue Tie Surgery)
Overall, the procedure of cutting the lingual frenulum is relatively simple, and babies may breastfeed immediately afterwards. The surgery is done in the office in children less than 3 months of age.
For children who do require frenulectomy, we use our Laser to divide the frenulum, minimum or no anesthesia is required. No stitches are required. The whole procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. The baby typically can start latching immediately.