I think my baby has a tongue tie…what do I do?

Dr. Ghaheri

A very knowledgable, accessible, and (relatively) local specialist.

Dr. Stafford

A pediatric dentist who created the PDFs with photos and explanations (at right).

Many people are in desperate pain, as well as sleep deprived, crazy, and overwhelmed, when the baby’s latch causes cracked or pinched nipples, bleeding, mastitis, rounds of antibiotics, engorgement, and feelings of inadequacy.

You are not alone.

There is help.

Tongue and lip ties are common occurrences and are happening at an increased rate.  There are several potential reasons for this.  One is certainly that more women are breastfeeding and they want answers to their problems.  So the condition is being looked for and identified much more frequently than in the past.  Another potential reason is the prevalence of the MTHFR mutation which impacts central line defects.

Many people, parents and providers alike, are becoming more educated about the signs of ties and treatment options.  As your midwife, it is important for you to reach out to us at the very first signs of breastfeeding troubles.  Even if we have already assessed the baby’s latch, even if there were no problems at first, even if you think “breastfeeding is supposed to be a bit painful”, we want you to call us!!

Photos and explanations of each class of tie (PDFs):

Tongue tie, class I-IV

Lip tie, class I-IV