Our lactation services can help if you are having difficulty nursing your infant.
At Goodall Family Dentistry, we believe in going above and beyond to handle oral health care for the families in the Cary, North Carolina area that may not know where to go for unique situations. For example, we are the only dental office in the area with a lactation consultant for new mothers who are struggling with newborn feedings. In some cases, the challenge is due to a tongue-tied infant. The medical term for this condition is ankyloglossia. It involves the lingual frenulum, which is a small fold of membrane connecting the bottom of the mouth to the underside of the tongue. When this membrane is unusually short or thick, it restricts tongue movement..
This restriction makes it difficult for an infant to nurse, and this extra exertion can cause them to eat less and sleep more, leading to reduced weight gain. It can also cause pain for the mother because of the nursing suction. If left untreated, this condition can make it difficult for the child to learn to talk and can interfere with the development of the sinuses and palate.
If you are noticing that your baby isn’t gaining weight like they should or continually falls asleep or causes you pain while breastfeeding, call our office to schedule an appointment with our lactation consultant to learn about our lactation services. She can guide you in techniques to improve your effectiveness feeding your newborn and help determine the cause of your difficulties. A simple examination will conclude if ankyloglossia is causing the problem, and if it is the case, we will discuss with you the solution for freeing up the tongue’s range of motion through a procedure called a frenectomy. Our CO2 laser provides the fastest, most comfortable revision available for your child.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about our lactation services, which are designed to improve you and your child’s breastfeeding experience.