Tongue and Lip Ties: The Reason Why Your Baby May Not Be Latching

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Symptoms of Ties

  • Persistent trouble establishing a latch and frequently loses suction during breastfeeding
  • Irritable, fussy, and quickly becomes tired while nursing
  • Persistent nipple pain for the mother during feedings
  • Mom's milk supply may decrease and/or child has “failure to thrive”
  • Baby may develop colic or reflux
  • Mother may have mastitis or her breasts remain engorged
  • Older babies may have trouble swallowing solid foods
  • May affect the way teeth come in and/or develop

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Children who have ties may be able to stick out their tongues but still have the lack of motion needed to use their mouths properly. “This restriction can limit multiple components of normal swallowing, but the most prominent of these problems is ‘latching on' to the nipple,” explained Dr. Molter.

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