Surgical Correction of Tongue-Tie: It isn’t the only answer

with guest Dr. Pamela Douglas

Air Date: October 23, 2017

You feel sure you’ve got milk, but your baby isn’t getting it. A few experts have insisted that he has a posterior tongue-tie. Others assert that he is swallowing air when he breastfeeds. He’s pulling away from the breast, arching his back, appearing frustrated, screaming or “tuning out” during feedings. In a desperate attempt to improve the breastfeeding experience, many parents opt for surgical correction of the tongue. But is that the answer? Join Marie and special guest, Dr. Pamela Douglas, for discussion of new research that uses ultrasound technology to explain the role of the tongue in transferring milk to the baby. Surgical correction does not always improve breastfeeding, and why is that? Learn what oral and tongue movements are critical to milk transfer and which are not, as well as the role of baby’s oral reflexes. Find out what you can do if your baby is experiencing this situation, and why many tongue-tied babies can successfully breastfeed without having surgery.

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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