•10% of people have a tongue tie.
• There is a 50/50 chance of
your baby having a tie if either
parent has or had a tethered
• Boys are more likely to have
tie issues than girls, indicating
a gender link.
Answer yes to any of the following:
Examples of Tongue Lip and Bucal Ties
• Creased, Cracked or blanching nipples
• Painful latching of infant onto breast
• Poor or incomplete breast drainage
• Gumming or chewing of the nipples
• Infant unable to achieve a successful, tight latch
• Falls to sleep while attempting to nurse
• Unable to keep a pacifier in mouth
• Slides off the breast when attempting to latch
• Short sleep episodes (feeding every 1- 2 hours)
• Waking up congested in the morning
• Only sleeping when held upright position, in car
• Apnea- snoring, heavy noisy breathing
• Gagging when attempting to introduce solid foods
• Poor weight gain
Tongue Ties - Tongue, or Tethered Oral Tissues is a short, thick lingual frenulum that restricts the mobility of the tongue and is nearly always associated with a lip tie.
Often it restricts the tongue from extending beyond the lower gum line during suckling. This can significantly impact feeding and may cause the baby to compensate by making abnormal or strained tongue and jaw movements during breast or bottle feeding.
Lip Ties - It is necessary for the lips to form an adequate seal on the breast to aid in thorough milk extraction. The lip(s) with restriction may not be able to latch well enough to generate the negative pressure needed for breastfeeding. Providers can release both (or all) tethered oral tissues to reduce or resolve compensatory muscle use.