Rethinking "posterior" tongue-tie

Douglas, Pamela Sylvia (2013) Rethinking "posterior" tongue-tie. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8 [Fast Track Articles] 6: 1-4. doi:10.1089/bfm.2013.0103

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Author Douglas, Pamela Sylvia
Title Rethinking "posterior" tongue-tie
Journal name Breastfeeding Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1556-8253
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/bfm.2013.0103
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8 [Fast Track Articles]
Issue 6
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert Publishers
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Currently, many clinicians who help with breastfeeding problems are diagnosing “posterior” tongue-tie in infants and performing or referring for frenotomy. In this “Speaking Out” article, I argue that the diagnosis of “posterior” tongue-tie has successfully raised awareness of the importance of impaired tongue function in breastfeeding difficulty. However, the diagnosis of “posterior” tongue-tie also applies a reductionist, medicalized theoretical frame to the complex problem of impaired tongue function, risking unintended outcomes. Impaired tongue function arises out of multiple interacting and co-evolving factors, including the interplay between social behaviors concerning breastfeeding and mother–infant biology. Consideration of theoretical frames is vital if we are to build an evidence base through efficient use of the scarce resources available for clinical breastfeeding research and minimize unintended outcomes.
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