Hey, welcome! I’m Lisa Palladino, a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant from Staten Island New York, USA and I’m here to talk to you a little bit today about tongue tie. 

So what I find is there are so many families who give up breastfeeding without getting enough help because they have some symptoms of tongue tie. There are some myths that aren’t true and I’m here to help you understand that your baby may have a tongue tie even though you were told that they don’t. 

For those of you who don’t know what tongue tie is, it’s a restriction in the tongue or the lip when they try to feed, suck, swallow and breathe at the same time. If a baby can’t move their tongue properly then they are considered to have a tongue tie. On social media, I get sent private pictures of babies’ mouths – mums and dads, parents want to know, is my baby tongue tied? I’m here to let you know that there is no way to know from the picture because this is a functional diagnosis meaning functional assessment of how things are working and because of that, we look at the tongue and see if it really doesn’t work or do what it’s supposed to do – which is breastfeeding comfortably and efficiently. 

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