Breastfeeding Difficulties Could Be Result of a Tongue Tied Infant

Breastfeeding Difficulties Could Be Result of a Tongue Tied Infant

Seattle Children's neonatologists say if breastfeeding is painful or your baby has trouble latching, it’s OK and you should ask your doctor for help. It just may be that your infant is tongue tied. "Ideally they hold onto the nipple by suction. But if the tongue isn't working, sometimes they lose the suction. They can resort to the use of the jaw and I'm going to hold onto my mother’s nipple by clenching the jaw," says Dr. Isabella Knox, a neonatologist at Seattle Children's.

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