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Lactation Counseling

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breast milk is the superior food for the growing infant. Dr. Natasha finds so much joy in helping mothers and their babies and looks forward to helping in any way she can. She will ensure their mothering journey is comfortable and enjoyable as they provide all the benefits of breastfeeding to their babies.

Breast milk is the perfect human food for human infants.

Natal Teeth

Natal teeth are teeth that are present above the gumline at birth.

Natal teeth are usually not well-formed, but they may cause irritation and injury to the infant's tongue when nursing. Natal teeth may also be uncomfortable for a nursing mother. 
For complications stemming from the presence of natal teeth, it is especially important to be evaluated by a pediatric dentist a soon as possible.

Tongue Ties

The frenum is the small band of tissue that runs from the underside of your tongue to the floor of your mouth. Sometimes, this band is too short or too tight, creating a condition that is often referred to as "tongue tie." Tongue tie can make breastfeeding more challenging for an infant, which may show up in a variety of different ways, including: 

  • Poor weight gain
  • Difficulty latching 
  • Bloating
  • Excess gas

Why is this? The physical limitation of the tongue tie prevents an infant from achieving a proper latch and drawing a sufficient quantity of milk while breastfeeding. The poor latch can also cause an infant to swallow air, leading to pain from gas and bloating.

Additionally, because the infant is hungry and struggling to feed, they may attempt to "chew," which causes pain for the mother and can also lead to problems like thrush or mastitis.

Difficulty breastfeeding is both emotionally and physically exhausting for mothers, but solutions are available, and we are here to help.

Frenectomies

A frenectomy is a quick and simple procedure that releases the frenum to allow for proper tongue movement. We can perform it right here in our office.

To achieve the best breastfeeding relationship possible, it may be necessary to work directly with a lactation consultant after ties are released. Lactation consultants can assist with milk supply, improving latch, and other nursing issues.  All mothers and babies working through tongue tie challenges benefit from their expertise.

If you’re interested in meeting with Dr. Natasha for a consultation, please contact our office. We will be more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have!