Breastfeeding is the most natural way for a mom to nourish and bond with her baby. It not only delivers nutrition and immunologic protection but also promotes your baby’s ability to suck properly. A good functional sucking encourages ideal growth and development of the airway and other structures of the mouth.
Breastfeeding should be a pleasant experience and not painful for the baby or the mother.
When your baby refuses the breast or is having difficulties to nurse with the bottle, you may instinctively know something is not right.
Failure to latch properly can be frustrating and painful for both you and the baby.
When your baby has a good latch, milk is transferred faster and more efficiently.
A restricted tongue or lip may interfere with your baby’s ability to latch properly.
When the upper lip is tight, it gets pushed against the nose thus reducing the ability for your baby to create a good seal and breathe normally.
In the case of a tongue-tie, the tongue does not extend to guide the nipple on to the back of the tongue so that it can then elevate and compress the nipple against the palate to express the milk.
These “tethered oral tissues” can cause significant difficulties for you and your baby. Sadly, tongue-ties and lip-ties often go undetected, misdiagnosed or treated as a non-medical issue.
Laser surgery is the state-of-the-art solution to a lip-tie or a tongue-tie and it can be done just a few days after your baby is born.
Our Light Scalpel CO2 laser offers a kinder treatment than scissors or scalpel, and is ultimately safer. The tie is released in seconds with almost no discomfort.
There is little to no bleeding, and the chance of an inadvertent cut is significantly minimized due to the extremely precise control afforded by the laser.
After the procedure, the recovery is relatively quick. In many cases, we encourage the baby to latch to the breast or bottle almost immediately after surgery.