Tongue and Lip Ties: New science challenges the status quo

with guest Dr. Pamela Douglas

Air Date: October 16, 2017

So your newborn is having difficulty breastfeeding, and three different experts have said he has a posterior tongue-tie, and needs laser surgery! Yet, your pediatrician says the surgery is unnecessary. You end up with many questions about what—if anything—is wrong or needs intervention. Listen as Marie’s guest, seasoned researcher and physician Dr. Pamela Douglas insists that normal variations in newborn anatomy are being diagnosed as tongue ties or upper lip ties, resulting in unnecessary invasive surgery. She recalls having seen many babies “who have worsened breastfeeding problems—and oral aversions in particular—after their laser frenotomies or deep scissor frenotomies.” See how imprecise terminology and overused “diagnoses” have led to a staggering increase in invasive surgical interventions for these anatomical variations, despite clear evidence for their efficacy. Learn how to ask the right questions and begin to see more than one solution for the breastfeeding problem.

Guest Profile – Dr. Pamela Douglas

Pamela Douglas is an Australian doctor, lactation consultant, and researcher specialising in early life care She is Medical Director of the non-profit Possums Clinic The Possums programs (also known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care or NDC) offer holistic care for mothers and babies. The clinic’s new evidence-based approach to latch and positioning (‘fit and hold’) is available online at The Possums Sleep Film, also online, is an innovative and effective approach to parent-baby sleep problems which supports breastfeeding, and does not leave babies to grizzle and cry. More than 1000 health professionals have upskilled in NDC. Online certification is available. Pam is running workshops for mothers and babies in Brooklyn, New York, in November 2017 click ‘For Parents’
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