Mother nature intended for mom and baby to be able to breastfeed. Babies are born with the intuition and reflexes to root, latch, suck and swallow. It can take a few days after birth to get into the rhythm and routine. Baby reflexively can latch, but it may not be an adequate latch if there is not good mobility of the tongue. Breastfeeding should be comfortable, not painful whatsoever. Breastfeeding is certainly a different sensation that can feel a little awkward at first, but should not cause physical pain to mom, cause injury to the nipple, infection, etc. When symptoms and struggles are present with both baby and mom, it is time for you to seek the help of an expert.
If you are reading this, you have likely sought the advice of a lactation consultant and/or your pediatrician to help with your challenges. If mama and baby are still struggling, the next step is to see if there is an anatomical problem preventing baby from being able to latch, suck properly, and swallow. This anatomical problem may be in the form of a little too much tissue tethering the tongue down (a tongue-tie), a tight attachment of the lip (a lip-tie), tight musculature in baby’s neck/cheeks/mouth, or challenges with the coordination of all of the reflex/muscle movements.
Dr. Santiago is a skilled diagnostician and clinician with the diagnosis and treatment of tongue- and lip-ties. At your visit, she examines baby’s oral anatomy, evaluates both the tongue and lip’s functionality, and discusses both mom and baby’s symptoms. If there is no anatomical limitation, she will refer you to another specialist - Craniosacral Therapy or Occupational Therapy. If there is an anatomical problem, she will recommend treatment and possibly adjunctive therapy with either an Occupational Therapist or a Craniosacral Therapist.
|- Falls asleep while attempting to nurse||- Creased, flattened, or blanched nipples (after)|
|- Slides off nipple while attempting to latch||- Cracked, bruised or blistered nipples|
|- Breastmilk leakage from mouth, nose, or both||- Bleeding nipple|
|- Crease mark on baby’s upper lip after nursing||- Poor or incomplete breast drainage|
|- Blisters along upper and lower lips||- Sharp pain between feedings|
|- Poor weight gain||- Infected nipples or breast|
|- Gumming or chewing of nipple while nursing||- Plugged Ducts|
|- Unable to hold a pacifier in mouth||- Mastitis or nipple thrush|
|- Chronic burping, flatulence, hiccups||- Low milk supply|
|- Clicking noises or loss of suction||- Nipple changes color|
|- Choking or coughing on milk||- Severe pain when your infant attempts to latch|
|- Long breastfeeding time||- Poor or incomplete milk transfer (breasts don't feel emptied after feedings)|
|- Distended or bloated belly||- Do you supplement with a bottle to assist with proper feeding?|
|- Colic Symptoms|
|- Reflux symptoms (chronic spitting up, gagging, vomiting)|
|- Short sleep episodes requiring feeding every 2-3hrs don’t beyond the first weeks|
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Santiago Dental Wellness would like to welcome you to join our Issaquah dental practice family. Our goal is simple-to provide you with an overwhelmingly positive experience while we deliver you exceptional detistry for your whole family. To ensure that you are receiving the latest in dental advancements, Drs. Kimberly and Jed Santiago have attended extensive continuing education courses.
Every visit with the team at Santiago Dental Wellness includes in-depth discussion about you, your concerns and your desires surrounding your dental care. This helps us ensure that you have an active hand in your healthcare. For pediatric pations (whom we love to introduce to dental treatments!), we always talk with parents or guardians before and after any treatments to maintain an open line of communication.
At Santiago Dental Wellness, we believe visit to a dental office should be an amazing, friendly experience. At Santiago Dental Wellness, we want you to feel like part of our team. From your first visit with Dr. Kimberly and Dr. Jed Santiago, you will be treated with care, respect and comfort. We offer a range of services from general to cosmetic dentistry. We strive to serve the majority of your dental related needs so you can maintain a healthy, happy smile.
Many people had the experience of visiting a dentist in Issaquah, WA who was more interested in completing procedures than in providing trustworthy, understanding-based care for patients. Our philosophy is to always listen to your needs in a supportive, non-judgemental manner. You can trust us to recommend treatments that we feel will be best for you based on your preferred lifestyle. That is our pledge, and it is what makes us unique among dentists in Issaquah, WA.