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What is a tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie (also known as ankyloglossia) is a common condition were a thin membrane under the tongue, joins the tongue to the floor of the mouth more than it should do.


Identifying a tongue-tie:

Mother
  Sore, damaged or bruised nipples
  Painful feeding
  Misshapen nipples after feeding
  Mastitis
  Frequent feeding or very long feeds
  Reduction in milk supply


Baby
  Restricted tongue movement
  Small gape/ clicking noises while feeding
  Difficulty staying attached to breast or bottle
  Windy and unsettled
  Weight loss/ failure to thrive
  Never contented after feed/ always hungry

Treatment

If you suspect that your baby has a tongue-tie you can then decide on the course of treatment you wish to follow.

You may wish to consider having a tongue-tie procedure performed (frenulotomy).


Are there any risks involved?

Bleeding – The risk of bleeding is minimal. If your baby does bleed it normally settles down on its own with no further treatment or long term effects on your baby.

Infection – The risk of infection is very rare.

Reformation - In some babies the tongue-tie may reform which may require a further procedure.


What is the next step?

If you would like to take further action make an appointment with feeding first - click here

Tongue Tie and Breastfeeding