What is tongue-tie?
About 10 out of 100 babies are born with a condition known as ankyloglossia, popularly known as tongue-tie. The condition makes it difficult for the infant to properly latch on the mother’s breasts for breastfeeding. This may lead to the baby not getting adequate nutrition. The mother’s breast may also get engorged, swell, and pain due to inadequate emptying of the breasts.
There is a thin band of tissue known as the frenulum that connects the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In infants with tongue-tie, the frenulum is short or thick. Due to this, the infants cannot move their tongues freely in their mouths and have delayed development of proper speech and words.