breastfeeding support

A woman’s body is remarkable. Not only can it grow another human being, but it can also provide all the nourishment that the child needs to grow and develop. Breastfeeding is a process in which a mother provides for her newborn the best and complete source of nutrition. Human breast milk is a magical fluid. It’s nutritious, comforting and protective.

Breastfeeding is known to have many benefits for the baby. Some of them are:

Development and growth

Immunity and protection against bacteria and viruses

Induces sleep promoting nucleotides

Lowers the rates of asthma and allergies

Development of suck-breathe-swallow pattern

Development of the tongue function and jaw growth

Healthier weight gain

Apart from the baby, breastfeeding is also helpful for mother's as it lowers chances of illness and offers quicker recovery of the uterus and helps establish a beautiful bond between the newborn and mother.

 

All new mothers want to breastfeed and take it up as a natural process which eventually turns into a challenge when they find themselves struggling with it. Mothers start looking out for help and try various tips and methods when they have been exhausted from their breastfeeding journey. They in turn start supplementing bottles under the notion that they have insufficient milk production .

 

What is missing here? Maybe the infant has a tongue tie or lip tie...

 

Check out this video to know more about how the tongue and lip function during breastfeeding.

 

 

A tongue tied infant will often find it difficult to breastfeed which leads to problems for the mother and infant.

An answer to your struggle will give you a sigh of relief and will explain to you why your breastfeeding wasn't successful inspite of all your efforts like using shields, trying different latching methods, using supplements to increase your milk supply etc.

Since the tongue is tied, poor baby isn't able to produce the correct tongue movements and required suction pressure due to which he/she isn't able to draw the milk and gets frustrated at the breast.

 

What are the signs and symptoms a mother shall notice in herself if her baby has a tie -

Creased nipples

Blanched nipples

Bleeding nipples

Painful latching

Poor / shallow latch

Incomplete breast drainage after feeding

Chewing on nipples

Mastitis / Infected nipples

Nipple Thrush

Reduced milk supply

State of mind: Anxious / Depressed

 

Signs and symptoms seen in an infant with tongue tie -

Prolonged latching

Long feeding hours

Unsettled after feeding

Short sleep duration

Reflux symptoms

Colic symptoms / Gassiness

Falls asleep during feeds

Pulls body away from breast while feeding

Frustrated at the breast

Chewing at the nipple

Poor weight gain

 

What to do to resolve the struggles during breastfeeding?

Time and again we have seen that many mothers who have difficulties with breastfeeding do nothing thinking it will resolve on its own.

That's not the correct approach!

Many mothers get frustrated and anxious and give up in the fear that their child isn't gaining weight and start supplementing with expressed breast milk or formula milk with a bottle.

 

Attempting to find the answers to your WHY is the key!

For mother’s having trouble breastfeeding, it would be ideal to meet with a lactation consultant with an advanced training in tongue ties who can rule out lactation concerns and then assess if there is any tongue or lip tie that is hindering the process of breastfeeding.

 

A tongue tie cannot be diagnosed by seeing if the child can stick out the tongue outside the mouth. Evidence based current approach shows that a comprehensive functional assessment of the tongue is essential which is provided to you by the lactation consultant or a paediatric dentist who has advanced training in tongue tie. He/she can then advise you if a frenotomy or frenectomy is required.

 

If you are facing the similar issues do not hesitate to Contact Us We would happy to assist you and your baby to enjoy your breastfeeding journey.

 

#breastfeedingisbeautiful

 

Keywords : tongue tie, posterior tongue tie, lingual frenulum, tongue tied baby, tongue tie surgery, tongue tie release, tongue tie speech, lip tie, breastfeeding

 

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