1. Trouble Breastfeeding
One of the first signs your child might need a frenectomy is something you will notice when they’re still an infant. If your baby is having trouble breastfeeding, it can be due to a tongue-tie. When a baby can’t move their lips in a full range of motion, it can make latching onto the nipple difficult. They might not be able to latch or latch too deeply. Your baby might also feed for long periods but still be hungry, lose weight, or develop jaundice or colic.
Mothers will also experience their own symptoms when their baby struggles with breastfeeding. If the baby has a tongue-tie, breastfeeding can feel painful and cause nipple damage. The nipples might compress or distort into wedge shapes. Breastfeeding a baby with a tongue-tie can also result in engorgement, blocked ducts, and mastitis due to lack of milk removal. Moms might also experience either an oversupply or undersupply of milk, as well as tiredness, frustration, and discouragement.
If you notice any of these symptoms, please have your baby evaluated for a tongue tie. Treatment can help them breastfeed without struggle.