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Critical Assessment of Apparent Tongue-Tie

by Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Tongue tie is one potential cause of breastfeeding difficulties, but most authorities fear that frenotomy is overused. This presentation explores research on the role of the tongue during normal breastfeeding; briefly reviews validated assessment tools, and proposes other management, structural and medical issues that impact tongue mobility and feeding.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the kinematics (organization of tongue movements in space and time) of normal breastfeeding.
2. List validated assessment tools to identify ankyloglossia.
3. List 4 conditions that can be confused with tongue-tie.

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