Lip-tie in newborns
Lip-tie? Never heard of it🤔? Here’s everything you need to know about lip-tie!
What is a lip-tie?
A lip-tie is when your baby's upper lip is connected to their gum by a tight or short piece of tissue🙀. In the past, doctors were concerned that lip ties could cause difficulties with breastfeeding. However, recent research suggests that lip-ties are unlikely to be a major issue😮💨. In fact, many lip-ties naturally improve as your child grows older.
How can I tell if my baby has a lip-tie?
Lip ties can be challenging to identify since every baby has an upper lip frenulum. However, if you suspect your baby's lip-tie is causing breastfeeding difficulties, it's best to consult a lactation consultant🧑⚕️. These experts can assess your baby's latch and offer helpful solutions, such as adjusting positioning or techniques🤱.
What is the treatment for lip-tie?
Treating lip-tie can sometimes feel like solving a complex puzzle as various opinions exist among professionals. It may seem like navigating through a maze, but rest assured, there are a few options to consider!
Working closely with a lactation consultant👩⚕️ can be beneficial. They can offer guidance on proper latch techniques, positioning, and other strategies to help improve breastfeeding despite the lip-tie.
🏥A frenotomy, also called a frenectomy, is a simple and quick procedure performed by a healthcare professional to release the tight or thickened tissue (frenulum) causing the lip tie. Using sterile scissors or a laser, the procedure is typically done in an outpatient setting. It can help improve breastfeeding by allowing the baby's lip to move more freely.
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