A baby is known as ‘tongue tied’ when the membrane under their tongue (the frenulum) is tight or short.
For some babies this may cause some difficulties with feeding, but for many babies it makes no difference at all.
Many mothers find that with support to help them position baby to feed more effectively, they are able to continue to feed their baby comfortably and without any problems.
For those babies whose frenulum might be affecting feeding, we recommend that you receive support to protect your milk supply and to help you find feeding positions that encourage the baby to achieve a deeper attachment at the breast.
If mothers are given support to help them position baby to feed more effectively, in most cases the mother and baby will resolve any difficulties themselves without the tongue tie needing to be divided, after being given time and opportunities to breastfeed.
If a tongue tie has been identified, and after 2 weeks of support feeding has not improved, then your midwife or health visitor will refer you to the Infant Feeding Team to arrange an appointment with you to assess your baby’s tongue function.
During the appointment, the assessment and next steps will be discussed with you.
If you would like to find out more about it, click here to download our Parent Information on Tongue Ties information sheet (PDF, 139Kb).
You may also find some useful information on the following websites:
For support with feeding your baby, see our other Infant Feeding Team web pages.