Tongue tie occurs in around 3-10% of newborns.
Tongue tie, also called ankyloglossia, is a tight piece of skin between the underside of the tongue and the floor of the mouth.
Many tongue-ties do not cause problems and do not require treatment. However, if the tie is causing problems with feeding, surgical division of the lingual frenulum can be recommended and carried out as early as possible. This may enable the mother to continue breastfeeding rather than having to give up breastfeeding.
NICE has approved the division of tongue tie.
The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative has a list of clinics in the UK, which treat tongue and information about other practitioners.
If your baby has a severe tongue tie they may not be able to latch on properly and empty the breast of milk. This can lead to painful nipples, cracked nipples, engorged breasts, supply reduction and problems with babies getting enough milk. After treatment, it is important to get help with breastfeeding as you and your baby may have to relearn approaches having had to compensate for difficulties with feeding.