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Are Lip Ties Real?

Lip ties are a medical condition.  It’s when there isn’t enough space between your baby’s upper and lower gums. Mamas will have issues nursing their baby.  They’re easy to identify and treat.

YES, Lip ties are a real thing that is a medical condition that occurs when there isn’t enough space between your baby’s upper and lower gums. This lip tie can limit the movement of the lips to make feeding more difficult.

Child Lip Tie

Will you see issues with Breastfeeding when my child has a lip tie?

YES, If the babies’ lip can not move up enough the mother will see that the baby is not getting a good enough latch. Therefore, YES you will start to see some feeding issues.

  • Poor latch
  • Popping off the breast frequently
  • Noticeable clicking noise while nursing
  • Burping more frequently
  • Colic
  •  Not getting enough milk and feeding often
  • Slow weight gain, lack of weight gain, 1% on the weight chart

You should register for my free Do You Have Pain When Breastfeeding Your Baby?  I share signs and symptoms of both Mama and Baby where your baby might have a tongue-tie.

How can a lip tie affect my child?

There are many different ways a lip tie can affect your baby and even children when it goes unnoticed.

  • Speech Problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Problems eating
  • Gap in their two front teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth decay on the front teeth
Lady with a teeth gap due to a lip tie

Who can treat a lip tie?

A dental office who specializes in tongue and lip ties or an ENT. The procedure can be done in their office called a frenectomy. The procedure will be done with either a laser or surgically. This is a fast, 90-second procedure by laser that releases the tension. WebMD shows a great article on Lip ties.

What is the best way to feed my baby?

Mama, you can still breastfeed your baby! If you or your pediatrician is concerned about weight, here are a few suggestions. After you breastfeed, give a bottle of pumped milk. You can give formula from a store. You can do both if you are stressed and not producing enough milk. Any of these solutions work until the lip tie is revised, and you can go back to exclusively breastfeeding if that is your choice. Remember to pump each time that baby eats if using formula to make sure to keep up your milk supply.

If you want to only breastfeed, here are a few tips. Pump a little first to make sure your breasts are not hard and the baby is able to get a better latch. Try different positioning techniques for the baby to get closer to your breast.

Do you feel your milk supply is low due to your improper latch, mastitis, clogged duct, bleeding nipples or thrush? Check out my new Ebook that you can download right away with lots of tips and tricks to help along with a ton of useful printables to help with daily trackers, pain trackers, breastfeeding planner and more. There is a special bonus that comes with a FREE call with me. Check out my Ebook: How to Deal with Pain while Breastfeeding

Ebook Cover: How to deal with pain while breastfeeding

This is my child! Now what?

A lip tie can make your nursing journey challenging at first. You might have just checked a lot of boxes off from my freebie saying that is my baby. A lip tie isn’t hard to identify and is simple to treat with the help of your pediatrician, a dentist, and myself, a lactation consultant and speech therapist.

Remember, your breastfeeding journey is not supposed to have you in pain and crying everyday. Schedule an appointment with me, to help you on your road to exclusively breastfeeding your baby pain free.

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