Infant Feeding & Tongue Ties
Infant feeding has a number of dynamics including:
- Flow rate of breast and/or bottle
- Breast and/or bottle shape/size
- Baby’s anatomy (such as tongue tie)
- Baby’s muscle function
- Baby’s nervous system response
- Baby’s comfort
Physical therapists are trained as nonsurgical musculoskeletal experts.
Reach out to discover how to support your child in their feeding journey
We Provide Functional Tongue Mobility Assessments
Our physical therapists are trained in the functional assessment of tongue ties. Not just if they stick out their tongue.
We look at:
- Tongue function through the Bristol Tongue Assessment Tool to identify babies unlikely to benefit from referral for frenectomy.
- Jaw and neck function using a movement screen modified from our exam used by experts in TMJ dysfunction.
- Body response and regulation. Identifying how your baby responds to touch and how best to support their cues and body response.
- Use best research to support feeding.
How A Tongue Tie Limits Movement
A tongue tie can:
- Limit the ability for a baby to lift their tongue restricting swallow and suck.
- Prevent a baby from bringing their tongue forward preventing the ability to maintain a seal. This causes clicking, air intake, and milk loss.
- Cause compensation in the neck, shoulders, and hips contributing to overall discomfort.
Benefit Of Manual Therapy & Functional Exercise
Manual therapy has been shown to improve overall feeding outcomes in as little as 2 visits supporting transition to exclusive breastfeeding.
Manual therapy at Lunara:
Why Choose Lunara?
Our therapists are trained to:
- Support feeding in the fragile infant.
- We take a consistent approach to help regulate, relaxe, promote movement, and empower your child in their feeding.
- Utilize manual therapy techniques to create an optimal environment to improve that you can integrate into your usual play and interaction.
- Work with dentists to help parents make a decision on frenectomy.