About Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

Dr. Chelsea Pinto is based in Los Angeles, CA. As a laser-certified dentist and member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, Dr. Pinto offers in-office laser frenectomy treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast. In addition, she treats children and adults with a functional frenuloplasty technique, that integrates myofunctional therapy to best treat tongue restrictions.! Visit DrChelseaPinto.com to book an appointment today!

Baby Falling Asleep On Breast? May Be Exhaustion From Difficulty Breastfeeding

Babies may fall asleep while breastfeeding. It’s natural to feel tired when their stomachs are full, after all! However, if a baby is struggling to gain weight or showing other signs of breastfeeding challenges, in conjunction with a frequent “baby falls asleep at breast” scenario, underlying structural components may be at fault. If a […]

Baby Choking On Milk? It Could Be Tongue Tie Related. Improper Latch Can Introduce Unwanted Air Into the Breastfeeding Process.

For new mothers, seeing their baby coughing and gagging while breastfeeding can be alarming. And understandably so! Figuring out why the baby is having difficulties and correcting them is of the highest priority.

One possibility that I urge mothers not to overlook is the existence of a tongue tie. As I’ve described in another post, […]

Struggling With Breastfeeding? The Reason Why May Surprise You.

Moms that I speak with having difficulty breastfeeding may be surprised at first to discover that their infant is tongue tied. This feeling is typically followed by relief: they may finally have some answers to explain the past weeks (if not months) spent without achieving breastfeeding success even with lactation consultant support. The presence of an overly taut […]

Ankyloglossia Explained: What Exactly Is A Tongue Tie?

What Is A Lingual Frenulum?
The lingual frenulum is a small fold of mucous membrane that extends from the floor of the mouth to the midline of the underside of the tongue.

Find your own lingual frenulum by looking in the mirror, opening you mouth, and stretching your tongue towards the palate. See the whitish cord […]

Lip Tie: How It Can Cause Breastfeeding Issues and What Can Be Done About It

There is plenty of confusion out there about the difference between a lip tie and a tongue tie. So, let’s clear it up!
What Is A Lip Tie?
We all are born with a frenulum connecting our upper lip to the upper gum. However, some infants are born with a lip frenulum that is very thick, short […]

Lingual Frenectomy – It’s Not That Scary! Here is Why The Benefits Outweigh the Risks

When confronted with the idea of allowing a complete stranger to cut inside of your baby’s mouth, many mothers get nervous. I’m a mom, too… I get it. That’s okay! It’s perfectly reasonable to be intimidated by the term “lingual frenectomy.”

However, the reality is that a lingual frenectomy is a safe, non-intrusive, and relatively […]

Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions: The Most Common Issues I See and What You Can Do About Them

I’ve spoken with mothers having all types of breastfeeding issues during my consultations and one thing is clear: every situation is unique. There are plenty of reasons mothers and their infants can experience breastfeeding difficulties… it is not reasonable to blame any one factor alone.

This post will cover the most common breastfeeding problems and solutions. While […]

Importance of Provider-Lactation Consultant Teamwork in Evaluating for Tongue Ties

When evaluating an infant for a tongue tie, I conduct an initial consultation with mother and baby in office. In order to best approach issues that are related to latch, seal, and suction – there is no better person to turn to first than a mother’s lactation consultant.
What is a Lactation Consultant?
Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists […]

Laser Frenectomy: What To Ask Your Dentist, What To Expect, and Frequently Asked Questions

When mothers are confronted with the fact that their infant may benefit from a lingual frenectomy in order to remove an overly taut lingual frenelum, a frequent question is: “Should I go with a provider who can perform a laser frenectomy or are scissors okay?”

It is an understandable question but the more relevant and important […]

Tongue Tied Infants – My Process For Determining If Your Baby Has A Tongue Tie And Needs A Lingual Frenectomy

Prior to an initial consultation appointment, I correspond with the lactation consultant working with mom and baby in order to gain background knowledge on their sessions together. This allows us to work together to best gauge a baby’s progress (or lack of progress) in nursing.

If breastfeeding issues including inadequate latch, poor breast draining, painful […]