Why Release?

A release, also known as a frenectomy, is when the connection of tissue that is restricting proper movement of the tongue or lip is removed.

Tongue and lip ties can cause significant problems with breastfeeding and bottle feeding.  The tissues that are unable to move properly cause a cascade of issues.  In addition to the symptoms and problems listed below, the breastfeeding experience can be unnecessarily complicated and frustrated by a tie that is very simple to treat.

Symptoms of tongue or lip tie for the breastfeeding mom:

  • Creased/flat/blanched nipple after feedings

  • Cracked/blistered/bleeding nipples

  • Discomfort while nursing

  • Plugged ducts

  • Thrush/mastitis

 

Symptoms of tongue or lip tie for the breastfeeding child:

  • "Nursing blister" present on upper lip

  • Cobblestone appearance of lips

  • Recessed chin

  • Clicking sound when nursing

  • Excessive gas or spit up

  • Falling asleep while nursing before an adequate amount of breast milk has been ingested leading to cluster feeding.

  • White coated tongue

  • High palate

Problems associated with untreated lip & tongue tie:

  • Low supply due to poor suck swallow breath sequence.

  • Painful nursing for mom

  • Early weaning due to pain or low supply

  • Tooth decay 

  • Colic

  • Reflux

  • Sleep deprivation for mama and baby (due to the need for frequent feedings)

  • Speech difficulties