5 Signs of Tongue Tie or Lip Tie in Babies

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Helping your little one thrive.
Breastfeeding is one of nature"s small wonders. Its ability to build a bond between mother and child as well as to impact their short- and long-term health is downright amazing. Babies who are breastfed receive antibodies that help them build strong immune systems, have lower chances of developing allergies or asthma, and come down with fewer respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and bouts of diarrhea. They may even have lower risks of certain cancers, heart disease, or illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus later in life. Mothers who breastfeed their babies experience a lower risk of postpartum depression, less postpartum bleeding, and reduced risks of ovarian and breast cancers.

But despite how natural and healthy breastfeeding is, it doesn"t always come easily for everyone. One common cause of difficulty breastfeeding your little one is a tongue tie or lip tie, which is when the membrane that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the upper lips to the gums is too short or thick. This impacts the mobility of your child"s tongue or lips, which in turn impacts their ability to breastfeed and may cause issues with speaking properly as they age. Thankfully, tongue and lip ties are easy to resolve, so knowing how to spot the signs in your baby can help resolve these issues and allow you to breastfeed easily. Here are 5 signs of tongue and lip tie you can watch out for in your little one.

1. Your baby has a hard time latching during feeding.
Since tongue and lip ties can prevent your baby from having the full range of motion in their tongue or lips, they often have trouble latching onto your breast during feedings. They have a hard time creating and maintaining the suction needed to breastfeed, so they may also have trouble staying latched to your breast. Hearing clicking sounds while they"re nursing could be a sign that your baby is losing suction. Some babies have an easier time latching onto a bottle, but others will continue to struggle whether they"re being fed from your breast or a bottle.

2. Your baby is fussy during feedings.
Babies with tongue or lip tie may become frustrated and fussy during feedings. After all, they"re hungry, but they"re struggling to get enough food. Their frustration is understandable, but it can contribute to making feedings difficult or needing to cut them short. This frequent fussiness and hunger can also lead to the development of colic, which can be frustrating and exhausting for both you and your baby.

3. Your breastfeeding sessions are painful.
Your baby"s struggle to latch and stay latched, as well as the fact that they may gum or chew on your nipple in an attempt to get more milk if they"re not able to suck well, can cause breastfeeding to be painful. This discomfort and pain can linger even after feedings are over, leaving you with sore and damaged nipples. When your baby isn"t feeding effectively, this discomfort can be added to by engorgement, blocked ducts, and mastitis, all of which can make breastfeeding even more difficult for you and your baby.

If your baby is struggling to breastfeed, the culprit may be a tongue or lip tie, which laser dentistry can solve quickly and easily.
Quoted From: https://mustlovekids.com/5-signs-of-tongue-tie-or-lip-tie-in-babies/

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