Frenotomy- "Tongue Tie"
At times, a baby's frenulum
(the connecting skin under the tongue that attaches it to the floor of the mouth) can impede a proper latch for successful breastfeeding. If your infant is experiencing "tongue tie"
and is not latching properly to the breast, it may be reasonable to perfrom a frenotomy.
Poor latches can lead to unsuccessful feedings and discomfort to the mother. This is a simple procedure performed while your baby is in the office where the physician snips the frenulum free. The procedure is quick and discomfort is minimal. The physician will typically recommend that your baby breastfeed immediately after the procedure to comfort your baby and to evaulate your baby's latch post-procedure. The mother should also notice a latch that is no longer painful to her breast.
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