January 20, 2020
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Lingual frenula (see figs 1 & 2), also known as tongue-ties or ankyloglossia, can restrict tongue movement, making it difficult for the infant to latch deeply, and/or maintain a deep latch during feeding. The consequences of shallow latching are nipple pain, nipple trauma, and insufficient milk transfer, resulting in inadequate infant weight gain and a drop in milk supply.
Tongue-ties are often described as anterior and posterior1,2.
- Knox, Isabella Tongue Tie and Frenotomy in the Breastfeeding Newborn. NeoReviews Vol.11 No.9 September 2010.
- Mills N, Pransky SM, Geddes DT, Mirjalili S. What is a Tongue Tie? Defining the Anatomy of the In-Situ Lingual Frenulum Clinical Anatomy 2019