It’s completely normal to worry if your baby has trouble latching, but there’s no need to despair.For many years, there was very little information available about tongue-tie, but with growing awareness around its symptoms and the difficulties with which it is associated, more parents are starting to seek treatment. If you’re having trouble breastfeeding and you’re concerned that your baby is not gaining weight, consider an assessment — while it’s an issue that often causes anxiety in new parents, tongue-tie can actually be quite easily treated. Here’s what you need to know about the condition, and how it can be resolved.
What is tongue-tie?Tongue-tie is a condition that occurs when the soft tissue that connects your baby’s lip and tongue to the gums (known as the fraenum) is too short. This hinders the range of motion in the lip and tongue, causing difficulty with latching on during breastfeeding. If your baby has tongue-tie, they will be unable to form the correct mouth shape to feed and may also have trouble swallowing and breathing. It is very difficult for new parents to spot this condition, but some common symptoms may include:
- poor weight gain
- difficulty latching
- Mothers are likely to feel pain and discomfort during feeding and may have cracked, bleeding and sore nipples.