Tongue Tie Assessment
Tongue-Tie (Ankyloglossia) is a condition where some babies have a tight piece of skin (the lingual frenulum) between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth. It affects approximately 4-11% of newborn babies and restricts their tongue movement. This can make breastfeeding, and sometimes bottle feeding, or starting solids difficult.
Symptoms in the baby can any of the following; difficulty feeding, fussy at breast, poor weight gain, colic, reflux, gagging or choking during feeds, clicking sounds
Symptoms in the mother can be; pain, nipple trauma, repeated mastitis, low milk supply or oversupply
Tongue-Tie cannot be assessed by appearance only. It should be assessed by a functional assessment of the range of motion of the tongue. A complete history of birth and breastfeeding is also needed, as the symptoms above can be caused by breastfeeding issues other than tongue-tie. A tongue can also be restricted by interventions during the birth process or by positioning of the baby in the uterus.
During our consultation we will discuss how breastfeeding has gone so far and observe a feed. We will work on optimising latch and positioning and discuss other issues which may cause the symptoms listed above. With your consent, I will assess your baby's tongue function and body alignment, and talk you through each step.
We can discuss issues that affect tongue function, and options to improve function. I can refer you to a tongue-tie practicioner if that is your chosen treatment route, or recommend other holistic treatments.
I will follow up with you post treatment and provide support, and exercises if needed, to improve breastfeeding.