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Freed Up Mama

Supporting Mothers on Their Journey Through Tongue, Lip, and Cheek Ties

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OUR MISSION

At Freed Up Mama, we are dedicated to providing unwavering support to mothers navigating the challenges of tongue, lip, and cheek tie diagnosis, release, and post-release care.

 

Led by a passionate mother who has experienced this journey firsthand, we understand the frustration and confusion that can arise from conflicting information and the emotional toll it can take on mothers.

 

Our business aims to empower mothers with the knowledge, resources, and compassionate guidance they need to make informed decisions for their infants.

Together, let us navigate this path and embrace the joy of motherhood with confidence and peace of mind.

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WHAT ARE ORAL RESTRICTIONS?

TONGUE TIE

When the connective tissue under the tongue, called the frenulum, is unusually short, thick, tight, or attached improperly, limiting the movement and function of the tongue.

LIP TIE

When the upper lip is attached too tightly or incorrectly to the upper gum, potentially affecting oral function and development.

BUCCAL (CHEEK) TIE

When the tissue connecting the cheek to the gum, called the buccal frenulum, is tight or restricted, potentially impacting oral movement and function.

RESOURCES

Trusted professionals, books, podcasts, research, and our blog posts like the ones below.

Hello

My name is Samantha Hall.

I am the mom of a (formerly) tongue and lip-tied baby, Teddy.

For the few months of my son's life, he struggled to sleep, feed, had excessive and constant reflux, was fussy more than he was not, his chin was extremely deep set, and his body was so tense I could barely extend his legs. 

I knew something was wrong and and seven weeks old, with the help of another mama, we started looking into potential oral restrictions.

I was hesitant because the doctor when he was born said he wasn't tied. Our lactation consultant said tongue ties were "a fad". 

But I was desperate. 

We saw a specialist LC who said he had the signs, symptoms, and structure of a posterior tie, but she could not diagnose it.

Two days later our pediatrician said posterior tongue ties "were not a thing". It was just colic. He'd grow out of it. 

I begged and referred us to an ENT who said he saw a little tension and would wait until he was around a year to cut his ties, under anesthesia. 

I was so confused. The self-doubt is crippling. But with the help of our LC and other moms, I learned to trust my gut. 

After 14 weeks of bodywork, tummy time, suck training, and bottle feeding, we had my son's ties released at a pediatric dentist with a CO2 laser. 

The next day, he stuck his tongue out for the first time. His sleep improved, his feeding improved (though we never made it back to exclusive breastfeeding), and his smiles got bigger and so much more frequent.  

I dealt with grief and trauma around those early months for a long time. I felt robbed of joy. I felt envious of moms with non-tied babies. I felt like I had failed at motherhood.

 

So, I dug into the research. I became obsessed. And I became fed up.

My experience was traumatic, confusing, and harder than it should have been and unfortunately, that is the case for too many parents dealing with oral restrictions. 

While having a tied baby or child is not easy, it doesn't have to be this hard.

Now, my mission is to provide other mamas with the resources, education, and support to make getting a diagnosis, release, and aftercare easier. 

 

As a coach for over ten years, I also am here to support you through the decision-making process and processing the experience of having a tongue-tied baby. You and your baby deserve to be freed up.

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Disclaimer

Freed Up Mama is for education, advocacy, and support purposes only. It is not meant to treat or diagnose. Please seek a medical professional if you suspect your child has a tongue tie or other oral restriction.

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