First and foremost, it is not a “fad.”
One of the reasons why are we seeing and diagnosing anklyoglossia more is genetic predisposition. More than 50% of babies with a tongue tie have a relative who has tongue tie (oral restriction.) If the gene is passed from generation to generation (and is possibly passed on as a dominant gene) then more and more babies will be affected by that gene with each new generation.
In recent years we’ve seen an increase in the number of moms who are breastfeeding, therefore we can expect to see more moms who are having difficulty with breastfeeding.
Before formula became the preferred way to feed babies doctors routinely checked babies for ankyloglossia in the newborn nursery, and would perform a frenotomy (release the tight frenulum.)
Bobby Ghaheri, MD http://www.drghaheri.com/blog/2014/2/17/diagnosing-tongue-tie-in-a-baby-is-not-a-fad
I’ve been an IBCLC for over six years, and in private practice for the last three years. I’ve had to educate myself on the subject of ankyloglossia (and I continue to do so) in order to effectively educate and assist the moms who have reached out to me for help as they find themselves struggling with breastfeeding.
Not all IBCLC’s know about or have been trained in assessing for and recognizing oral restrictions. In my experience the same goes for many in the medical community as well.
Additionally, some physicians don’t believe in having a baby or child undergo an “unnecessary” procedure. I understand that. It is every care givers duty to protect the patient and make the right decisions to ensure the patients get the very best care. The problem is those decisions can be subjective in terms of does the care giver think a condition being treated or not being treated is going to have a significant impact on their patient’s health.
The release of tongue tie dates back many centuries, and “before the 19th century, midwives were reported to have kept sharp fingernails to slash the membrane under the tongue of all newborns.”
In earlier years clipping the frenulum without reason was a common practice, and this led many in the medical community to distrust and question the need for treatment.
However ankyloglossia is once again gaining recognition. Evidence based research shows it is not a “fad,” and that necessary treatment should not be withheld or discouraged.
Getting the information out to the medical community continues to be a challenge.
Too many families are being given conflicting information and are either experiencing delays in getting the help they need, or treatment never occurs because they were told that tongue tie is a “fad” or lactation consultants blame tongue tie when they can’t get a baby to latch, or the baby has a “mild tongue tie” or that the baby “will outgrow the tongue tie” (and lip tie if present,) or that the baby “is a lazy eater,” mom doesn’t produce enough milk and on and on.
On the other hand there have been moms who have said to me “Oh I’m not going to have my baby “cut” just so I can breastfeed!”
The greatest flaw in that reasoning is that breastfeeding is known to positively affect both baby and mom’s health (with some rare exceptions.)
In the short term IBCLC’s may be seen as focusing only on protecting breastfeeding, and I suppose we are. But again, this is due to the fact that breastfeeding does play a significant factor in the future health of moms and babies.
Those of us who advocate for treatment also know that regardless of how a baby is fed, treating ankylogloassia is extremely important for future physical, mental and emotional health.
Stay tuned for more on ankyloglossia treatment options and the process of deciding on a treatment plan.
At home use your judgement (and follow your pediatricians recommendations) when choosing how to dress your baby.
We all know that having a baby changes everything.
Suddenly your focus has shifted, your time and emotions are consumed with taking care of your baby, and you secretly worry you may never experience romantic love again.
But never fear, romance is in the eye and heart of the beholder!
Having a baby, breastfeeding, being a mom, can actually add romance to your relationship. All it takes is a dash of humor, sensitivity and a shift in perception
How do I define romance? Let me count the ways:
Having my squeamish “I am disgusted by bodily fluids” husband standing next to me, by turns holding my hand, wiping my brow, propping me up, as I gave birth.
Seeing him go into commando mode and hunt down a doctor, nurse or any passer by and demand attention for me.
Watching him as he held our baby, looking dazed and awed, never wanting to let go.
Hearing him thank me for giving him a son,
(then a daughter and another daughter.)
Hanging on to him as he helped me shuffle to the bathroom, stood over me as I sat on the toilet then helped me get up and put myself back together.
Laughing with him as he asked how my nether parts were feeling (even as I sat in the bed suffering postpartum blues, which included worrying not just about how my nether parts were feeling but about whether my nether parts would ever be the same?…)
Looking at in him in awe as he stood by the bed, holding my breast while I tried to breastfeed (because it seemed it was impossible to breastfeed with only two hands!)
Tearing up as he carried one child on his shoulders and one in his arms and strutted around the mall, his expression saying “Yeah, I’m the man, and these are the fruits of my loins!”
So, mommas, don’t be afraid that romance goes away when you have children. It's there, just waiting
to ambush you in your most sensitive moments.
Listen to your heart, find your definition
of romance, and never let it go…
My husband and I joined the parenthood club 31 years ago. My memories of the birth of each of our three children are indelibly stamped on my mind and heart. So when I decided to go to nursing school I knew I wanted to work in some area of maternity care.