It’s often much easier to see a lip-tie on your little one than it is to see a tongue-tie. The lip plays an important role in breastfeeding and needs to have proper mobility in order to phalange outward and allow for a deep enough latch. The lip attaches to the maxillary gum tissue and is called the maxillary lip (Labial) frenulum. The upper lip frenulum only becomes a concern if there isn’t sufficient mobility of the lip to allow for proper breastfeeding. It is at this point that we would consider the upper lip tied.
The main problem with a lip tie is that it interferes with the baby’s ability to achieve a deep enough latch. This can cause a pinching sensation for the mother as the lip–tie interferes with the baby’s ability to draw the nipple far back enough into the roof of her mouth. In addition, if the latch isn’t deep enough, your baby’s mouth will slip or pop off during feedings. The popping off may not be a complete release but will often be associated with clicking or popping noises. These sounds are an indication of a latch that is not well established. If the upper lip has sufficient mobility and these symptoms are not an issue, the lip tie does not need to be released.