Sometimes, a newborn baby or infant will have difficulty breastfeeding because of a condition called tongue tie. This occurs when the frenulum (the band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short and tight, restricting the tongue’s range of motion and the baby’s ability to latch on to the breast.
To help new mothers and their babies overcome this problem—and reap the significant health benefits of breastfeeding—Emerson Hospital has a dedicated Frenulum Clinic.
The Frenulum Clinic is made up of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, lactation specialists and child life specialists who work together to assess a baby’s frenulum and feeding, and help the infant overcome any problems.
Signs of tongue tie
A baby may have a tight frenulum if:
- He or she must use the gums to chew its way onto the breast
- There is frequent loss of latch when feeding
- You hear a clicking noise of a tight frenulum snapback during feeding
- Your nipple is misshapen and colorless after feeding
When appropriate, a simple outpatient procedure called a lingual frenectomy, or frenulum division, is performed. Learn more
To learn more about the Frenulum Clinic, please click on the link below. If you have any questions about tongue tie or would like to schedule an assessment at our Frenulum Clinic, simply call 978-287-3003