Los Angeles Infant Tongue Tie Specialist

Spreading Awareness On How a Tiny Cord Under The Tongue Can Impact Nursing, Breathing, Sleeping & More.

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Los Angeles Infant Tongue Tie Specialist

Spreading Awareness On How a Tiny Cord Under The Tongue Can Impact Nursing, Breathing, Sleeping & More.

Learn About Treatment Options

Dr. Chelsea Pinto Explains
Infant Tongue Tie


What is a Tongue Tie?

A tongue tie occurs when the thin membrane under the baby’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) restricts the movement of the tongue. All babies are born with some of this tissue, but for approximately 3-15% of newborns, it is so tight that they cannot move their tongues freely. This can affect their ability to breastfeed and lead to poor latch, nipple pain and trauma, decreased milk intake and a decline in milk supply over time. The medical term for tongue tie is “ankyloglossia” and studies show the defect is likely hereditary.

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Infant Tongue Tie Symptoms

Some babies with tongue ties and lip ties are able to attach to the breast and suck well. However, many of these infants have breastfeeding problems. The following signs are common amongst infants with tongue and lip ties and their mothers. However, it is important to note that these signs can be linked to other breastfeeding problems and are not solely related to ties.

  • flattened nipples after breastfeeding
  • nipple pain and damage
  • prolonged feedings
  • poor breast drainage
  • decreased milk production
  • noisy suckling or clicking
  • popping on and off the breast
  • leaking on the sides of the mouth
  • poor weight gain
  • coughing or gagging
  • lip blisters
  • gas pain
  • noisy breathing/snoring sounds when sleeping
  • reflux or colic symptoms
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How To Identify The Signs &
Symptoms of Tongue & Lip Ties


I would do it a million times over. I’m glad I did it so early so that I didn’t give up on breastfeeding.

Mom of Tongue Tie Patient, 1 Week Old

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Meet Dr. Pinto

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 has teamed up with The Breathe Institute to serve adults with a functional frenuloplasty technique, that integrates myofunctional therapy to best treat tongue restrictions.

Dr. Pinto’s interest in helping babies with breastfeeding issues turned into an undeniable passion after having her first son and experiencing her own successful breastfeeding journey. When a mother has breastfeeding problems, she should feel confident and comfortable turning to her established system of medical support for help.

Dr. Pinto is proud to offer a comprehensive approach in her treatment modality, including, myofunctional therapy and breastfeeding support to best address tongue function and how it impacts the rest of the body.

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My son Nicholas had a lisp, was unable to sleep through the night & didn’t breastfeed. The treatment was an easy 2-minute thing. The next day, he slept through the night for 12 hours & now speaks clearly. It is absolutely worth it for your child’s future!

Mom of Tongue Tie Patient, 20 Month Old

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What Other Practitioners Have To Say

“Feeding issues can be scary and frustrating for new moms. Dr. Chelsea Pinto is not only the most knowledgeable in her field, but she is an incredibly warm and compassionate woman and mother herself. One instantly feels “held” while in her presence and care. I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Pinto and give her my highest recommendation!”

Jenni June – Certified Child and Family Sleep Consultant

“Dr. Pinto is an integral part of the team to improve breastfeeding when tethered oral tissues are present. I never have any hesitation when referring a family to her. My clients always come back feeling reassured by her warmth, knowledge, and professionalism. It gives me peace of mind to know that she is providing such a high quality of care to the babies that I see.”

Elena Vogel – Doula and Lactation Consultant

“Dr. Pinto is that rare professional who combines medical knowledge and specialized expertise with an unrelenting work ethic.  She is directly responsible for dramatically improving the quality of everyday life for her patients.”

Sanda Pinkerton – Myofunctional Therapist

“I feel so lucky to have Dr. Pinto as part of our team at the Breathe Institute! She is an incredibly gifted provider who brings both experienced surgical skill as well as a lot of heart and compassion in the care she provides her patients. Dr. Pinto aims to treat both the patient and the family and she does it with such finesse and genuine caring. She loves what she does and it shows! I am so proud to have her as a partner and colleague!”

Dr. Soroush Zaghi – ENT, Sleep Surgeon

“As a local lactation consultant, it’s great to know there is a compassionate, skilled provider in the area to send my families to when there is a suspected oral restriction. I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Pinto and her practice. She not only identifies and treats tongue and lip tie, but she is a champion of breastfeeding and advocate for parents wanting the best for their children’s oral health and hygiene.”

Julie Matheney – MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC, IBCLC