Tongue-tie and breastfeeding

Inability to breastfeed successfully in the presence of a tongue tie can cause a variety of challenges for the infant, the mother and the family. 

Breast feeding challenges for a tongue-tied baby:

  • Impact on milk supply

  • Termination of breastfeeding

  • Improper latch when feeding

  • The baby failing to thrive

  • Poor bonding between mother and baby

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Problems introducing solids

The maternal experience of breastfeeding a tongue-tied baby may include:

  • Pain

  • Nipple damage, bleeding, blanching or distortion of nipples

  • Mastitis, nipple thrush or blocked ducts

  • Severe pain with latch or losing latch

  • Sleep deprivation due to an unsettled baby

  • Depression or sense of failure

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