Lip tie – Tongue tie

Dr. Katherine Cotton, DMD MS, One of Arizona’s “Preferred Providers” for Frenectomy Services

My latest passion is more personal to me.  Almost 40 years ago I had nursing issues with one of my babies.  With my first born there were no breastfeeding issues. However, I had a number of issues with my second born.   He was a caesarean delivery, he weighed almost 10 lbs, had a voracious appetite and never seemed satisfied.  I had severe pain, plugged ducts and mastitis a number of times. Sound familiar? I suffered in silence, because there was no one to guide me.

A Contemporary Approach to Lip Tie, Tongue Tie and Breastfeeding

Today is different in so many ways.   I can identify lip and tongue ties, treat them with a waterlase laser, and provide the support needed for successful outcomes.  Frenectomies can facilitate nursing dyads that are struggling with these issues.

I don’t pretend to understand all the issues and dynamics that go with the very complex issues of breastfeeding, but I have been in your shoes.    I believe my personal experiences give me a unique ability to understand and empathize with every breastfeeding mom who comes to my office seeking answers.

Before and After the Frenectomy Procedure

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms a consultation for evaluation may be in order.  If left untreated lip and tongue ties may cascade into multiple issues that become more difficult to correct as the infant becomes older.

  • Air coming through sides of the mouth while breastfeeding or bottle feeding
  • Milk leaking out sides of the mouth while breastfeeding or bottle feeding
  • A clicking sound while nursing
  • Bobbing on and off nipple
  • Sleeping while latched on
  • Unsatisfied with feeding
  • Gas or reflux
  • Chewing on nipple
  • Bleeding of the nipples
  • Cracked, bruised or blistered nipples
  • Pain when baby latches on
  • Plugged ducts
  • Poor weight gain
  • Mastitis
  • Poor milk supply

Having trouble nursing? Make an appointment with Dr. Cotton today! Call  (480) 963-4636