Please visit my Tongue Tie FAQ page for more detailed information about the procedure.
A tongue tie (also known as ankyloglossia) is restriction of tongue movement caused by a short or tight membrane under the tongue (the lingual frenulum).
Some babies may benefit from having a tongue tie released, enabling them to breastfeed or bottle feed more effectively.
I will take a detailed history and perform an assessment of tongue function, before advising whether or not it is appropriate to perform a tongue tie division. I may also offer suggestions for other things to try first, as some breastfeeding and bottle feeding issues may be improved using other measures. Whether or not to proceed with tongue tie division is ultimately down to parental choice, and families should never feel pressured into opting for a procedure. The procedure itself is very quick and simple, and takes just a few seconds. We aim to feed babies immediately after the procedure, and this helps to comfort them very quickly. Later on, we will talk through after care, and gentle post-division exercises to encourage tongue mobility and reduce the risk of reattachment.
Tongue tie assessment and release are performed either as part of a home visit consultation, or an appointment in my home clinic in Leighton Buzzard. I am happy to travel within the wider area (Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Luton, Buckingham, Hemel Hempstead, Towcester, Bedford, Tring, Harpenden, St Albans, and surrounding areas) for home visit breastfeeding consultations and tongue tie assessment and division.
I will treat babies up to 5 months of age. I completed training at Wolverhampton University / Russells Hall Hospital in order to become a tongue tie practitioner, and am fully insured with Hiscox.
Free follow up by email / text is included following consultations and tongue tie divisions.