International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Tongue-Tie Treatment
Infant Feeding Specialist

Problems when breastfeeding.

Tongue-tie may effect your baby as soon as you begin breastfeeding at birth, or it may gradually affect the breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding should not be painful and nobody should be told to feed through the pain or to continue feeding when their nipples are sore, cracked or bleeding.

You may only need help with position and attachment to ensure a comfortable latch for good milk transfer and a happy satisfied baby, who will sleep peacefully.

You should enjoy breastfeeding, if your latch is not comfortable it may mean that your breasts are not drained fully and this could lead to Mastitis, which is an incomplete drainage of the breast.

Areas of the breast may become blocked due to incomplete drainage, but this can be remedied by correct positioning and attachment.

If the discomfort does not go away then other factors should be considered such as;

  • Thrush
  • Tongue-tie
  • Cranial compression
  • Fast deliveries
  • Deliveries using forceps or ventouse

All of these problems can affect your feeding ability but can be corrected by treatment.

Thrush can make the nipples very sore. Some mothers describe the symptoms as a burning sensation or as stabbing pains in the breast. It is easily treated but both mother and baby need to be treated as your baby may not show visible signs of thrush which can be misleading.

Tongue-tie can often be missed or simply not acknowledged as a problem.

Professionals have a variety of opinions on how to treat togue-ties. There are varying degrees the severity of tongue-tie, but it is not the percentage of tongue-tie, but how the tongue-tie affects the baby's ability to suck, that is important.

I assess each baby fully for signs of feeding difficulties and especially for tongue-tie. I carry out a full suck, swallow, rhythm assessment, observing the baby's position and ability to lie comfortably with the mother for a pleasurable feed.

All babies should be able to leave the breast full and satisfied.

Ann Dobson.