Tongue Tie and support in Bristol
This week we are looking at tongue-tie in babies and how you can access support and recognise the signs.
Many babies have a piece of membrane under their tongue (the frenulum), which does not usually cause problems. Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia,) occurs when the frenulum is abnormally short, stopping the tip of the tongue from protruding beyond the lower gum. Many tongue-ties are asymptomatic and do not require treatment and some may resolve spontaneously over time. In some instances, support to improve attachment is all that is needed. However, if the condition 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 switch to artificial feeding. Most Hospitals use their in-house midwives for treatment but if you have already been discharged you can seek support from your local breastfeeding group/lactation consultant or from your midwife or health visitor.
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