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Please note that the nature of this post is not intended to replace the advice of your Child Health Nurse or Doctor.
Tongue & Lip Tie Diagnosis can at times be straightforward, but most of the time, it can be quite complex.
If there are no functional issues causing breast/bottle feeding problems such as:
However if these issues are occurring, we have strong evidence advising us of the benefits of having the procedure performed.
Diagnosing tongue & lip ties requires expert assessment as it is a sub speciality within our health care profession.
That is, basic Medical, Paediatric, Nursing, Midwifery & Lactation Consultant education does not cover tongue & lip tie assessments in depth.
What is involved in assessing a baby with tongue & Lip Ties
A feeding & physical assessment of your baby looking at his/her:
For infants under the age of six months, the assessor will need to know how to correlate these assessments with a specialised HATLFF tool (Hazelbaker Assessment of Tongue & Lingual Frenulum Function Tool)
So as you can see, tongue tie assessment is quite complex & only skilled health care professionals are capable of providing an accurate diagnosis.
Questions to ask your health care provider:
1. Do you perform a HATLFF (pronounced "Hatliff")
2. Do you know about the impact of tongue ties on feeding as well as my baby's health in the long term?
3. What are my options, if I don't want my baby to have a frenectomy?
We here at Milk...early parenting support have a special interest in Tongue and Lip Tie diagnosis & management. We work closely with allied health care professionals who have a vested interest in the health of you and your baby.
We have a great network of health professionals that we can refer to in your area.
Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we are unable to consult or diagnose via email..
Kellie is a Nurse, Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with 12 years experience within the infant feeding field alone. She holds a special interest in diagnosing and providing natural and safe therapies for complex infant feeding issues including lip/tongue ties, colic & reflux. She is also a great listener and shoulder to cry on, in supporting families with feeding frustrations....