March 20, 2015

Does Tongue Tie Cause Breastfeeding Difficulties and Speech Problems?

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Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I am a practising midwife with over thirty years experience in the community. I have seen so many distraught mothers with sore nipples and unsatisfied babies. Within hours of release of the tongue tie they suckle beautifully. Satisfied mum. Satisfied baby.That is even with only moderate tongue tie. However I would like to point out that due to the way midwives now learn about breastfeeding techniques,they are not taught how to handle mild dysfunctional latching from tongue tie or receeding jaw. In the initial stages of breastfeeding in such infants, the chin must be held forward by the mothers hand in order to facilitate a better latch.As a newly qualified midwife , checking the babies mouth for tongue tie was never taught as part of th initial exam. I have no reason to believe that that has changed up to 2014. As a hospital based midwife for 20yrs, I never checked for tongue tie. It was only pointed out to me on community by an experienced community midwife. Now it forms part of the newborn first check for me,so it is documented in case there is subsequent feeding problems. As an addendum I would like to say that i have been marrried to a man with tongue tie, who is now 60yrs old and although I would never have said he had speech problems, I used to call him "Mr. malaprop" and we would laugh, until the day he told me that when he hears a word and goes on to speak it he thinks it sounds like the word he heard. French kissing inability. Therefore the tongue is not doing the job it was intended to do and he is marginally handicapped.He has now gone on to have a stroke and that has made a difference to his ability to regain his speech as the muscles have lost their strength, and he is combanting the tongue tie as well. So yes Yes Yes to release of the tongue tie.What harm can it do,apart from the strain on the NHS. Then let's have more private clinics doing it. If i was in hospital practice I would make it my mission to ensue that all newborns were checked for suspect tongue tie at the newborn exam and on admission to the ward.

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