November 27, 2019

Tongue Tie

It’s possible you’ve never heard of “tongue tie,” but 5% of babies are born with this condition. If your little one has a tongue tie you likely understand how it impacts feeding your baby, from the bottle or breast. And if undiagnosed, it can affect speech development. In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author of the book,Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage IBCLC, Robin Kaplan.

Robin explains what tongue tie is, how to identify it, and ways to resolve it. She also discusses therapeutic tummy time, something I had not ever heard of before this! 

In this episode:

  • Learn about Robin and what brought her to this work.
  • What is tongue tie? 
  • Different types of tongue tie. 
  • How a new parent would identify if their child has this.
  • The impact tongue tie has on breastfeeding for both baby and new parent.
  • Does tongue tie show up for those bottle fed?  
  • Can an IBCLC resolve tongue tie or does it require surgery?
  • The pros and cons of the different types of surgeries. 
  • Can people grow up with tongue tie and not realize it? 
  • How tongue tie may affect speech development.
  • How prevalent tongue tie is among newborns.
  • The importance of tummy time.
  • Therapeutic tummy time. 
  • One tip or piece of advice for new or expectant parents.
  • Where to find Robin’s work.

Additional Resources:

Are Tongue and Lips Ties Being Over Diagnosed and Over Treated?

Does Your Baby Have a Tongue or Lip Tie?

Does My Baby Have Tethered Oral Tissue?

About Robin:

Robin Kaplan is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), frequent media commentator on the topic of breastfeeding, and author of the book, Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage. She launched the San Diego Breastfeeding Center in 2009 and is an established voice in the parenting world known equally for her knowledge about lactation and her commitment to supporting breastfeeding parents without judging them, a keystone of the SDBFC philosophy.

Robin completed her lactation consultant training and certification at University of California, San Diego. Intimately familiar with all things children and family, she also holds a Masters in Education from UCLA, a multiple-subjects teacher credential from UCLA, and a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to working in the health field, she was an elementary school teacher and a museum educator at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Robin offers in-person consultations for families in San Diego and throughout the world (via online). Robin launched her first online course, Breastfeeding for the Working Family, in 2019.  This video prepares breastfeeding parents for a seamless transition back to work so that they may ultimately meet their personal breastfeeding and career goals. Robin enjoys working with families of all shapes and sizes, and she coaches birth mothers, as well as adoptive parents and lesbian partners, by offering education about induced lactation.

Robin lives in San Diego, CA with her two sons, Benjamin and Ryan, and their dogs, Ellie and Luna. She loves cooking, traveling, hiking, going to the beach, social media, and teaching. 

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