Your brand new baby may be struggling to nurse and is only sleeping minimal amounts. They may latch on during breastfeeding sessions only to let go within a few short seconds. If your frustration is mounting and you think it is something you are doing wrong, stop! Take this short quiz to evaluate whether your baby is struggling with a tongue tie that is inhibiting them from latching on correctly during breastfeeding sessions. Here are 5 warning signs,
1. Is the skin that attaches the tongue to the lower jaw thicker then what you would normally see. Everyone has a piece of skin that holds the tongue to the floor of the mouth if it is thicker than normal it may be restricting the movement.
2. Is your child using their lips to nurse instead of using their tongue? Babies impacted by a tongue tie may be unable to get the tongue in the correct position. In order to compensate they may use only their lips.
3. Depending on the age of your baby, they may have already begun attempting to stick out their tongue. If they have a tongue tie, their tongue may stay in the mouth and not reach out beyond the teeth or may form a heart shape.
4. Cracked/bleeding or blisters on the nipples. If your baby is not able to latch on correctly during breastfeeding, it can cause them to attach to the nipple incorrectly. After time, your baby only latching onto the nipple can cause problems and pain for you.
5. Sleeplessness for you and them. While having a baby is tiring already, when your baby is not able to get the nutrition they need, they begin to compensate by waking up and attempting to eat more frequently. This can lead to sleepless nights and extra nighttime feedings.
For more information on Tongue tie and how to get help, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today!