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

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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.
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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.
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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:

  • Helps improve comfort and ability to maintain engagement while feeding.
  • Reduce tension to reduce compensations and allow improved suck and swallow. Bonus: reduce torticollis.
  • Promote muscle activation to allow improved seal and sustained feeding.
  • Support on bottle feeding to support breastfeeding.
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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.
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