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3 Jan 2024

'Tongue-Tie' Surgeries Surge Amid Nursing Pressure

The New York Times investigation [reveals a dramatic rise](https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/18/health/tongue-tie-research-breastfeeding.html) in tongue-tie surgeries, a tenfold increase between 1997 and now, often without clear signs of restriction or strong evidence of feeding improvement. With the number of procedures increasing nationwide, concerns about aggressive promotion by some lactation consultants and dentists, alongside the risks of serious complications, are growing. Harvard Medical School research suggests that nearly [63% of children](https://hms.harvard.edu/news/little-help#:~:text=In%20research%20published%20July%2011,feeding%20evaluation%20by%20a%20multidiscipl) referred for tongue-tie surgery actually didn't need it.