International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Tongue-Tie Treatment
Infant Feeding Specialist

Tongue Tie.

Photo of a baby with tongue tie. Some babies are born with the condition known as ankyloglossia where the thin flap of skin known as the frenulum which joins the baby's tongue to the bottom of the mouth is shorter than normal.

It is generally accepted that a tongue tie can restrict the movement of the tongue, thereby resulting in problems with breastfeeding.

Incorrect or poor attachment of a baby to the breast, which is more difficult with a tongue tie, can be the cause of sore nipples, mastitis, poor milk supply and faltering growth.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 20 babies has some sort of tongue tie. It is more common in boys and sometimes other members of the family who have also had a tongue tie.

The procedure to release a tongue tie, known as a frenulotomy, involves cutting the frenulum.

For a very young baby's, this is usually done without an anaesthetic and often the baby is able to feed straight after the procedure.

Further information the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have produced a comprehensive parent information sheet, follow the link to access this document.


The Smart Clinic South Kensington
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons, 2-6pm
Tel: 02070 520070 (select option 1)

My Healthcare Clinic Wandsworth
Tuesday / Wednesday mornings, 8-12am
Tel: 02070 995555

Please telephone the clinics directly to make an appointment.

Ann Dobson.