The development of a tongue assessment tool to assist with tongue-tie identification
The authors in this study developed a simple, transferable tool to provide a consistent assessment of tongue appearance and function in infants with tongue-tie.
Does frenotomy help infants with tongue-tie overcome breastfeeding difficulties?
The authors found no evidence exists for improved latching after frenotomy, and evidence concerning improvements in maternal comfort is conflicting. At best, frenotomy improves maternal nipple pain by 10% and maternal subjective sense of improvement over the short term (0 to 2 weeks).
Tongue-tie and frenotomy in infants with breastfeeding difficulties: achieving a balance
This study reviewed data on tongue tie. The authors conclude that good assessment and selection are important, as 50% of breastfeeding babies with ankyloglossia will not encounter any problems.
Frenotomy for infants with tongue tie improves breastfeeding ability and maternal nipple pain
The purpose of this study was to determine whether frenotomy for infants with tongue tie improved maternal nipple pain and ability to breastfeed.
Tongue tie & breastfeeding, Hogan 2005
A randomized, controlled trial has shown that dividing tongue-ties is safe and results in greater improvements to feeding success than the intensive skilled support of a lactation consultant.
Tongue tie & breastfeeding, Griffiths 2004
This study assesses outcomes of dividing tongue tie without an anaesthetic in 215 infants of less than 3 months who had major problems breastfeeding, despite professional support.
Tongue tie & breastfeeding, Ballard 2002
A recent study has shown that dividing tongue ties improves attachment and reduces pain for the mother during breastfeeding.
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