Breastfeeding Blues: Frenectomies
Two weeks ago was the hardest and best day of your life. After hours of painful labor your baby finally made his grand entrance to the world. You are proud, exhausted, and a little worried. See, everyone told you that “breast is best!” for feeding your baby. “It’s natural! It’s healthier! Your child receives the benefits of your own immune system and has food that is custom made for him!” No one told you that nursing would be difficult, painful, and that your infant would cry and cry as if he was never full.
Believe it or not, lots of women and infants have trouble breastfeeding for one reason: tongue or lip tie.
What is it? Take the tip of your tongue and touch the point in front of your teeth where your lip meets your gums. That thin membrane is called a frenulum. There is one under the tongue as well that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. If any of these membranes are too short, the mouth will not work right to eat, drink, or even speak!
Frenectomies Assist With Breastfeeding and Speech in Young Children
If you are having trouble nursing your little one, or if your toddler is having difficulty acquiring new words and sounds, it’s time to see your pediatrician or family/pediatric dentist specifically for lip or tongue tie. Bring it up to the doctor, ask all the questions you can think of. Once you have a diagnosis of tongue or lip tie, it’s time to schedule a consultation at Park Smiles for Kids to discuss a frenectomy. This procedure is quick, easy, and offers immediate results for a nursing infants and even for an older toddler.
Call our New York City office if you have questions about the procedure. Bringing your baby into the world was hard work. Let us help make feeding him or her easier.