A brilliant example of how difficult it is for a tongue tie baby to latch successfully! Read below... 👏🏻👇
Credit: @kr_lactation_support #TongueTie As a mother who had two boys who likely needed frenectomies, the first thing I did when I had my daughter last year was check her for tethered oral tissue.
I found her old before/after procedure videos of tongue mobility and felt the need to post it because of the frustration I‘m feeling by all of the misconception out there right now about tongue-tie!
So while we’re at it, let’s debunk, shall we?
👅 MYTH: If the tongue extends past the gumline, there must not be a tie.
✔️TRUTH: Not only does the tongue need to extend outward, but it also needs to be able to go UP towards the roof of the mouth to elevate in order to create the appropriate motion at the breast. When it can’t do that, the baby may overcompensate by doing things like chomping, making the latch shallower than it should be, even sometimes making it hard to maintain the vacuum suction at the breast needed for efficient milk transfer.
👅MYTH: All Pediatricians/ENTs/IBCLCs know how to spot a tongue tie.
✔️TRUTH: Assessing for tongue tie takes a true assessment, not just a quick look under the tongue during a cry. An assessment can’t even be considered an assessment without the provider’s fingers sweeping under the tongue, lifting the tongue, and manipulating the tongue to check for tethered tissue, and then more importantly, knowing what they’re looking for. Just because a person is qualified to “assess“ for tongue-tie, does not mean they necessarily know how to do so.
👅MYTH: Anyone should be able to release tethered tissue if it’s within their scope to do so.
✔️TRUTH: Technique is so important! Going in and blindly cutting a frenulum certainly does not guarantee success, and worse, can cause the tissue to reattach. A true release of a frenulum done the right way releases all of the tethered tissue present and has a very specific looking wound, one that is diamond shaped. Wound care is JUST as important and if someone tells you to “google the stretches” post-frenectomy instead of teaching them to you... RUN!