Therapeutic Presence

Anyone working with families struggling with oral restrictions has had this experience… A family comes for help. They’ve asked around. It’s how they got your name. It’s also how they got a lot of conflicting advice, confusing information, and a heart-wrenching journey that has been drawn out unnecessarily. You feel frustrated and angry for them, […]

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Symptoms

Restricted oral tissues, like tongue and lip ties, can really impact quality of life. Many people are surprised by the depth and breadth of symptoms that are caused by poor elevation, extension, and/or lateralization of the tongue. For such a small piece of tissue, a frenulum can have big effects! This list is thorough, but […]

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Essential Oils Post Revision

Thanks To Shannon Becker of  Use of essential oils is gaining in popularity. Many parents are interested in using them in every aspect of health with their children. Sources of information as far as best practice with oils are often contradictory or vague. One application coming into common use is to aid in comfort and […]

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The Maltais Hormone Balancing Nutrition Plan

Hormones are tricky. They fluctuate for numerous reasons and at different stages of life. They are especially complicated during lactation. What is understood is that gut health, lifestyle, age, fertility status, blood sugar regulation, nutritional deficiencies, and other medical conditions can affect a person’s very individual balance. This nutrition plan aims to primarily regulate dopamine, […]

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Rebirthing

Rebirthing is a process that helps mark a restart in your breastfeeding relationship. It’s about simulating the sensations of birth in a nurturing way so as to re-flip the “switch” of turning on mom’s and baby’s instincts. It’s about restoring defaults, in a way. Rebirthing is a great idea for a new beginning after a […]

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Epsom Salt Compresses

(for plugged ducts and mastitis)       Plugged ducts are an issue that comes up often, especially if a mom is nursing a baby who does not remove milk well. It’s important to take measures to prevent plugged ducts, but once a mom has one it can be a challenge to get that to pass. There […]

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Hormone Testing for Lactation

Hormone Testing for Lactation©   Many people wish to have hormone testing while they are breastfeeding. Sometimes this is because they have had supply issues in the past or are currently having supply issues. Other times it is because of concern due to hormonal imbalance issues, such as PCOS, past blood sugar issues, thyroid concerns, […]

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Watchful Waiting

Watchful Waiting It’s important that parents feel confident that tongue tie revision is the best choice, since it is always their choice to make. Occasionally parents choose, instead, to do watchful waiting. This may be especially true when symptoms are milder, or only in mother, or when there is some thinking that bodywork alone might […]

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Revision Tool Kit

Building Your Revision Toolkit   Having tools to pull from to ease the process of revision (and healing) for mother and baby can be extremely helpful. Here are some helpful tools to have in your revision toolkit. Educated Expectations Rescue Remedy Tylenol/Ibuprofen Homeopathic Teething Liquid Cold Breast Milk (Arnica) Massage Oil Epsom Salt A Good […]

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Welcome to the Tongue Tie Doula!

Please bear with us as we populate our new home on the internet. See above for a link to register for our “Creating a Care Plan for Tongue Tie” course. Thanks for visiting us, and check back soon for more updates. Jessica Altemara, IBCLC

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