Naturopaths, Massage, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists & Osteopaths in Brisbane

Baby Tongue & Lip Tie Support in Brisbane

Infant feeding difficulties, latch problems, tongue and lip ties

Having a baby who struggles with feeding can be immensely stressful. It may increase stress in both baby and mother, create self-doubt about one’s ability to feed their child, and cause some mothers to feel as though they are failing. In an already emotional time, these are not feelings you want to be experiencing. Not to fear, you are not alone, and there are a variety of reasons that may explain the problem’s you are experiencing.

The act of baby breast or bottle feeding is quite a complex one, with babies attempting to perfectly coordinate the latch, suck, swallow and breathing actionstongue_lip_tie_osteopath_brisbane for effective feeding. It also requires the coordination of the mouth, tongue, throat and neck in order to effectively latch and suck. Needless to say, there is a lot going on in a simple feeding session! With so much going on, it can be common in the newborn period for feeding problems to arise. Issues may occur due to an infant tongue tie or lip tie, but can be due to tightness or misalignment through the baby’s neck, jaw, upper back or shoulders.

Baby tongue tie and lip ties can be a controversial subject amongst medical professionals. That's why it's important to not only assess for tongue or lip tie, but to consider baby's whole muscular function when it comes to feeding.

The Osteopaths at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane treat babies every day. When our Osteopath's see a baby presenting with feeding problems or suspected tongue or lip tie, they will:

  • Assess your baby's structure as a whole.
  • Assess your baby's skull shape - which can affect the palate in the mouth, movement of the jaw, and movement of the neck and shoulders.
  • Gently treat any restriction or disfunction in the musculoskeltal system, with the goal of assisting your baby to move freely and easily.
Baby's body can be restricted in utero or from the process of being born. Getting these things moving well may improve the way baby feeds and ensures that a holistic view is taken to helping baby feed better, rather than only focusing on the issue of tongue or lip tie - which may or may not be part of the problem.

Some signs that your baby may have a feeding problem include:

  • Can only feed well on one side if breastfeeding
  • Constantly restless throughout feeding
  • Loses attachment frequently
  • Feels more like a biting rather than sucking action
  • Can hear them taking in a lot of air/gulping air during feeding

Our Osteopaths can assess these issues with their extensive training in the musculoskeletal field. When treating babies, gentle techniques with minimal pressure are used to address any issues of the head, neck, jaw, back and shoulders that may help improve latch. If the problem is a tongue tie, Osteopathy may help to aid the adjustment process before and after surgical or laser tongue tie release or frenectomy. Treatments would aim to reduce tension through the neck and jaw, correct any alignment issues through the head, neck, jaw and shoulders, and calm down the nervous system.

What to expect during your baby's Osteopathic session

Our Osteopath, Dr Emma Kopcikas is experienced in helping parents with a variety of concerns that affect young babies, including tongue and lip tie and feeding support. Should you have any questions about whether Osteopathy is the right approch for you and your child, you are welcome to call with any questions.

Initial Osteopathic consultations for babies at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane take up to one hour, where we really get to know you and your child. We take a comprehensive health history before doing any hands on work to ensure that we assess your baby's unique situation in a holistic manner.

Dr Emma then uses a series of gentle hands on techniques to address any areas of imbalance in the musculoskeletal system. This may have a flow on effect to asisst imbalances in other organs and systems of the body.

Follow up consultations are for half an hour. Emma enjoys working as an Osteopath treating babies and children and has joined the team at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane so she can work alongside a team of family focused team of Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Chiropractors, Acupuncurists and Massage therapists, dedicated to looking after the health of you and your children.

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