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Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful experience that can create a strong bond between a mother and her baby. However, for some mothers and babies, breastfeeding can be a challenge due to a condition called tongue tie. Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the frenulum, the piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short, thick or tight. This can cause a range of complications for both the mother and the baby.

South Carolina Tongue Tie Center in Charleston can help mothers of babies with tongue and lip ties having problems with breastfeeding.

Latching Difficulties

One of the primary complications of tongue tie is difficulty with breastfeeding. Babies with tongue tie may have trouble latching onto the breast properly, which can cause pain and discomfort for the mother. They may also struggle to maintain suction, leading to poor milk transfer and inadequate weight gain. This can lead to frustration for both the mother and the baby, and can ultimately lead to the mother giving up on breastfeeding altogether.

Nipple Damage

Another complication of tongue tie is nipple damage. When a baby has difficulty latching onto the breast properly, it may end up clamping down on the nipple instead of the areola. This can cause pain, cracking and bleeding of the nipple, which can make breastfeeding even more challenging and uncomfortable for the mother.

Low Milk Supply

In addition to these complications, tongue tie can also lead to low milk supply. When a baby is unable to latch onto the breast properly and maintain suction, it may not be able to stimulate the breast enough to produce an adequate milk supply. This can be frustrating and discouraging for the mother, who may feel like she is not able to provide enough milk for her baby.

Developmental Issues

Tongue tie can also lead to a range of developmental issues for the baby. When a baby has difficulty breastfeeding, they may not be getting the nutrients and calories they need to grow and develop properly. This can lead to issues with weight gain, as well as problems with speech and oral development later in life.

Charleston Tongue Tie Solutions

Overall, tongue tie can be a challenging condition for both mothers and babies. If you are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding, it is important to speak with a specialist at South Carolina Tongue Tie Center in Charleston who can assess your baby for tongue tie and provide guidance on treatment options. With the right support and treatment, it is possible to overcome the complications of tongue tie and enjoy a successful breastfeeding journey.

We use a quick, non-invasive laser treatment that releases the lingual frenulum in only 15-20 seconds and is not painful for your baby. Contact us today at our clinic at 538 Savannah Highway in Charleston or call 843-654-0459 to schedule an exam and consultation.

Posted on behalf of South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: 843-654-0459


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 2pm

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