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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Pediatrics

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti

Abstract

This article provides a clinical review of ankyloglossia in breastfeeding infants for primary care providers. Ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, is characterized by a lingual frenulum that restricts tongue movement. There is evidence that treatment of ankyloglossia with frenotomy reduces breastfeeding pain in mothers but its effects on infant feeding difficulties, speech, and dental health remain inconclusive. More research is needed to develop standardized diagnostic and evaluation tools, and to determine other benefits to the breastfeeding infant-mother dyad.

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