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Frenotomy

tongueSometimes an infant is born tongue tied.  This can cause problems with breast feeding.  There are various degrees of tongue tie and some minor degrees may be outgrown.  If, however, an infant is struggling with breast feeding, a simple procedure called frenotomy can be performed in the office to release the tie.  The procedure is quick and has minimal pain or bleeding.  The infant is gently restrained, the frenulum (thin skin under tongue holding tongue to floor of mouth) is clamped and clipped.  The infant is then encouraged to feed to stop any minimal bleeding that may occur.  Most infants tolerate the procedure without problems and most mom’s report a better experience with breast feeding.