Babies with tongue-ties may not be able to open their little mouths wide enough to grip onto the mother’s breast to drink their milk. Because they cannot get to the milk then they then can slide off the breast and cannot suck the nipple well which makes the mother become sore and the baby tends not to gain much weight. Breastfeeding a tongue tied baby is quite hard if the baby is becoming upset when it feeds.
The baby needs to be able to suck onto the breast and the nipple and if you have a baby that is finding this hard to do then you should check to see if he or she has a tongue tie. Obviously if your baby can breastfeed well even with a tongue tie then there is no problem. It is only when the baby can’t feed properly and doesn’t gain much weight that it becomes a problem.
Here are 3 tips that may help with breastfeeding a tongue tied baby:
- Not all tongue-tied babies require treatment and this could resolve spontaneously in due time. In some cases all the baby needs is support from the mother to latch on to the nipple.
- However if it is hard for the baby to suck properly then the other alternative is that the mother pumps her milk and uses a bottle to feed.
- If all else fails and you can’t help your baby to suckle properly then you may have to talk to your doctor about getting the simple procedure down to cut the tongue tie.
It can be very frustrating for the baby and mother if he or she cannot suckle properly but you will be able to notice this quite quickly if the baby is fussing or falling off the breast when you try to breastfeed him or her. But this is a common problem and about 1 in 7 babies have a tongue tie. It can be rectified quite easily if needed.