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A Breastfeeding-friendly Approach to Tongue-tie

by Dr. Yvonne LeFort, MD, FCFP, FRNZCGP, FABM, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

Great interest has resulted from discussions and blogs concerning tongue-tie which have not always appeared to be mindful the research and evidence of the past 20 years. Much of the basic clinical management of the tongue tied breastfeeding infant and mother has evaporated from these discussions quite inappropriately. I would like to bring us back to the basics of this issue and remind us of what evidence does and does not exist.

The management of any breastfeeding issue remains the realm of the lactation consultant and tongue tie is no exception. Unlike a true stand alone surgical condition, the management of tongue tie requires pre-operative assessment and post-operative strategies to primarily protect the breastfeeding relationship thereby optimizing outcomes. The key guiding factor must be “primum non nocere” – first do no harm – to the breastfeeding relationship. Case studies will be shared that demonstrate the approach taken by the clinician and lactation consultant. Appropriate management and outcomes will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Evidence of tongue tie affecting breastfeeding and effectiveness of frenotomy
Objective 2: Know the difference between a frenulum and a tongue tie
Objective 3: An approach to managing the breastfeeding dyad in the presence of a tongue tie through case studies