Frequently Asked Questions

Tips how to better drink from the breast

After the release babies need time to adjust, it can feel really different now that the tongue can move freely and can result in the baby being fussy or irritable for a day or two.

Having a tongue tie release may be compared to getting a leg out of plaster, you have to learn to walk again. Remember the baby also drank amniotic fluid with a tongue tie for months in the womb.

The older the baby at the time of the release, the longer they may need to let go of compensating behaviour and begin to  drink in a “new” way. Tongue exercises need to be done before feedings to help the tongue to be more flexible.

Stretching the whole body of the tongue to the palate helps the upward movement to the palate which is essential to create a proper vacuum and to prevent reattachment.

With breastfeeding difficulties ask a Lactation Consultant to help you.

Watch these videos of adjusting latch and position to make latching on as optimal as possible or ask advice for the right size and use of a nipple shield so the baby can drink from the breast which is always to be prefered. Medela Large or Medium or Mamivac or Ardo for a larger size teat .We do not recommend Philips Avent.

The way to get the baby to drink a little before getting back to the bottle or breast is by finger feeding you can use a syringe of any type to put milk in the mouth as shown on this video. This may calm the baby, so that he or she will latch on better with something already in his or her stomach.

Another way of going back to the breast, (first with nipple shield if necessary), is to let him or her drink with paced bottle feeding. Feed the baby close to your breast (with nipple shield if that works better) and when more at ease switch without having to move the baby.

When you have to supplement it works best to supplement at the breast, it is done easily and you can stop pumping and bottlefeeding which is tiring for the baby and time consuming. It also stimulates production very well.