At the Tongue Tie Institute we understand the myriad challenges that come with caring for a newborn. 


Among the many concerns that parents face, ensuring that their baby is gaining weight adequately is often at the forefront. 


However, it’s essential to recognize that weight gain alone isn’t a definitive indicator of a baby’s overall health, especially when it comes to tongue ties.

Understanding Tongue Ties

A tongue tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue’s range of motion. It occurs when the band of tissue (lingual frenulum) that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too short, tight, or thick. 


This can lead to various complications, particularly in breastfeeding infants.

The Misconception About Weight Gain

One common misconception is that if a baby is gaining weight, they do not have a tongue tie. While adequate weight gain is a positive sign, it doesn’t necessarily mean there are no underlying issues.


Babies with tongue ties can sometimes gain weight, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling with other complications that can impact their long-term health and development.


Breastfeeding Challenges with Tongue Ties

Babies with tongue ties often face significant breastfeeding challenges. These can include:


Difficulty Latching: A baby with a tongue tie may have trouble latching onto the breast properly, leading to inadequate milk transfer and longer feeding times.


Inadequate Milk Intake: Even if they are gaining weight, these babies may not be feeding efficiently. They might compensate by feeding more frequently or for more extended periods.


Maternal Discomfort: Mothers may experience sore, cracked nipples and even mastitis due to improper latching, which can sometimes lead to early cessation of breastfeeding.


Colic and Gas: Poor latching can lead to excessive air intake, causing the baby to be gassy and colicky.

Other Signs of Tongue Tie

Beyond breastfeeding challenges, there are other signs that may indicate your baby has a tongue tie:


Speech Difficulties: As children grow, a tongue tie can impact their speech development, leading to articulation issues.


Oral Health Problems: Poor tongue mobility can affect oral hygiene, leading to dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.


Digestive Issues: Inefficient swallowing can alter the oral and gut microbiome, potentially causing digestive issues.


Mouth Breathing and Sleep Apnea: Restricted tongue movement can contribute to mouth breathing and sleep apnea, affecting overall health and development.


Why Early Diagnosis and Treatment Are Crucial

Identifying and addressing a tongue tie early on is vital for several reasons:


Improved Breastfeeding Experience: Correcting a tongue tie can lead to a more effective latch, ensuring the baby gets enough milk and reducing discomfort for the mother.


Speech Development: Early intervention can prevent speech and articulation issues that might arise as the child grows.


Overall Health: Addressing a tongue tie can improve oral hygiene, digestion, and sleep quality, contributing to better overall health.

Treatment Options

At the Tongue Tie Institute, we specialize in diagnosing and treating tongue ties using advanced laser technology. Laser frenectomy is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that releases the tongue tie, improving mobility and function.

Benefits of Laser Treatment

Precision: The laser allows for precise cutting with minimal damage to surrounding tissues.


Reduced Discomfort: The procedure is quick and typically involves less discomfort and a faster healing time than traditional methods.


Minimal Bleeding: The laser cauterizes as it cuts, reducing bleeding and the risk of infection.


While weight gain is an important indicator of a baby’s health, it is not the sole measure, especially when it comes to conditions like tongue ties. 


If you suspect your baby has a tongue tie, even if they are gaining weight, it’s crucial to consult with a specialist. At the Tongue Tie Institute, we are dedicated to providing expert care and ensuring that both you and your baby have the best possible start.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit Tongue Tie Institute. We’re here to support you and your baby every step of the way.