Tongue-tie seems like the condition every new parent is talking about these days. Lactation consultant and paediatrician Dr Abby Baskett answers some key questions about its effects, treatment and frequency.
Many parents have either heard of tongue-tie or have had this raised as an issue by their LMC, doctor or lactation consultant. In the space of just one generation, awareness of tongue-tie seems to have skyrocketed.
Diagnosing and treating tongue-tie can be crucial to improving breastfeeding issues. Breastfeeding is a complex process and involves many different variables. Efficient, comfortable extraction of milk from the breast depends on the baby’s tongue muscles, the shape of baby’s mouth, baby’s muscle tone and coordination, a mother’s nipple shape, force of the let down, position of the baby at the breast and many other factors. Some babies with an obvious tongue-tie may breastfeed successfully because every other factor is optimal and they are able to compensate. Other babies with a similar tongue-tie may struggle to breastfeed at all until the tongue tie is released.