Tongue tie - Does your baby have a short frenulum?


The frenulum is a string like membrane the attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth.  Many babies are effected by a short frenulum, that may or may not cause breastfeeding / bottle feeding issues.


In most cases, babies with a short frenulum will have issues latching on or staying on the nipple - the tongue is restricted in its ability to extend far enough to cup the nipple effectively.


Signs of a short frenulum (tongue tie), may include but are not limited to:

  • Slow weight gain

  • Fussy at the breast 

  • Demand to be nursed constantly

  • A clicking noise, whilst trying to feed 

  • Sore nipples in the nursing Mum

  • A reduced milk supply/ mastitis 


For some babies, over time breastfeeding challenges will resolve without specialist treatment, but for others it is suggested to have the baby's frenulum clipped.


This procedure is called a frenotomoy, and is simple to do, and is often done, in the Dr's office, without stitches or anesthesia. 


Another short term solution is to use a nipple shield, until the baby's mouth and tongue grow enough to make breastfeeding easier. 


Have any questions about a short frenulum or other breastfeeding challenges?


Book a FREE 15 minute call with founder Dawn Whittaker.



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