The centre offers a Tongue Tie division service for babies from birth to six months of age. This is open to both breast and bottle fed babies who are experiencing feeding difficulties. Petra is our resident Tongue Tie Practitioner with over 6 years experience. A Registered Midwife for over 20 years, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant & Craniosacral Therapist.
What is a Tongue Tie?
The Lingual Frenulum is the small piece of membrane underneath the tongue. The frenulum needs to be long and stretchy to allow free movement of the tongue. When a baby is tongue tied the frenulum is short and thick and is situated more towards the front of the tongue. For a baby to be able to feed properly they need to have a good range of movement in their tongue. Not all tongue ties are easily seen or are misdiagnosed, if you are experiencing any of the problems below we advise you to consider having your baby assessed.
What symptoms might I see if my baby is Tongue Tied?
For a breast feeding mum the most likely symptoms are sore damaged nipples and pain throughout feeding. For the baby difficulty latching on, staying deeply latched, feeding frequently, tiring easily, wind, hiccups and weight loss.
Babies who are bottle fed can also take a long time to feed, feed too quickly, dribble excessively, choke and splutter.
What does the procedure involve?
It is a very quick and simple procedure. Baby is swaddled in a blanket to keep little hands safely out of the way. A parent will be asked keep their head still for the procedure. Using sterile single use scissors the restricted frenulum is released in a matter of seconds. Gauze is applied to the wound site to absorb the tiny amount of blood and your baby is brought straight to mum for feeding. Feeding is important in soothing your baby and helps in assessing any immediate improvement to feeding. Breastfeeding mothers will be supported with positioning and attachment.
I may also recommend additional support or treatments. (See below) Once your baby has completed a feed I will check their mouth to confirm bleeding has stopped before you are discharged home. Pre & Post photographs will be taken and form part of your babies medical record. If there is no tongue tie I will offer recommendations for ongoing feeding support.
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