Frenectomy and Nursing: How This Simple Procedure Can Improve Your Breastfeeding Experience

Frenectomy and Nursing: How This Simple Procedure Can Improve Your Breastfeeding Experience

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! As a new mom, you want to give your baby the best start in life, and that includes breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not only the most natural way to feed your baby, but it also provides numerous benefits for both you and your little one. However, some babies may have difficulty breastfeeding due to a condition known as tongue-tie. Fortunately, a simple procedure called frenectomy can help.

What is tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition where the frenulum, the piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short or tight. This can restrict the movement of the tongue, making it difficult for babies to breastfeed effectively. Symptoms of tongue-tie include poor latch, difficulty staying latched, frequent feeding, and poor weight gain.

What is frenectomy?

Frenectomy is a simple procedure that involves snipping the frenulum to release the tongue and allow for better movement.

Benefits of frenectomy for nursing moms and babies

  1. Improved latch and milk transfer: A tongue-tied baby may have difficulty latching onto the breast properly and may not be able to transfer milk effectively. Frenectomy can improve the baby's ability to latch and transfer milk, making breastfeeding more comfortable for both mom and baby.
  2. Increased milk supply: When the baby is able to effectively remove milk from the breast, this can stimulate the breasts to produce more milk. This means that frenectomy can help increase milk supply for nursing moms.
  3. Better oral development: Tongue-tie can also affect a baby's oral development, leading to issues with speech, dental health, and overall oral health. Frenectomy can help prevent these issues and promote healthy oral development.
  4. Improved breastfeeding experience: Breastfeeding can be a beautiful bonding experience between mom and baby, but when there are issues with latch and milk transfer, it can be frustrating and stressful for both. Frenectomy can help improve the breastfeeding experience, making it more enjoyable for mom and baby.

if you suspect that your baby may have tongue-tie, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hanna at Memorial Children's Dentistry. She can evaluate your baby's latch and recommend a frenectomy if necessary. While frenectomy may seem scary at first, it can provide numerous benefits for both you and your baby and make breastfeeding a more enjoyable experience.

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