If your baby is impacted by a lip or tongue tie it can negatively impact their ability to latch on and breastfeed successfully. This can cause sleepless nights, dehydration and a fussy baby. While you may be thinking that the problem is you, it may not be. Lip and tongue tie inhibits your baby from being able to place their tongue in the correct position. Laser lip and tongue-tie procedures can be done to release the ties and allow your baby free movements with their tongue. But what happens when your baby has both? Should you have laser procedures done on both in the same day?
Some dentists may have the procedure done to release one and then wait for it to heal and then complete the other procedure. Depending on how bad the lip or tongue tie is, this may be okay. But if you are looking to successfully breastfeed this can delay the healing process and cause further problems. Some babies may be impacted by nipple confusion or begin to see nursing as a sign of pain instead of comfort. The sooner you have the procedures completed, the sooner you and your baby will be on your way to achieving breastfeeding success.
For more information on breastfeeding and Lip and Tongue Tie contact Dr. Strutz and her team.