Welcome to INFANTTS
Infant Feeding & Tongue-Tie Specialists based in Liverpool, Warrington and Ellesmere Port. With over 17 years midwifery and infant feeding experience, we offer a bespoke service to address infant feeding problems.
Our consultation includes a full assessment of your baby’s tongue function and appearance, tongue-tie division if required and breastfeeding advice and support.
About Tongue Tie
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is where the strip of skin connecting the baby's tongue to the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual, affecting around 4-11% of newborn babies (www.nhs.uk). Some babies who have tongue-tie don't seem to be bothered by it. In others, it can restrict the tongue's movement and baby’s ability to open their mouths wide enough to latch, making it harder to breastfeed. If their feeding is affected, treatment involves a simple procedure called tongue-tie division involves cutting the short, tight piece of skin connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. It is a simple and almost painless procedure that usually resolves feeding problems straight away.
The use of tongue-tie division is supported by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as it is considered a safe and simple intervention, which demonstrates significant improvements in feeding, particularly breastfeeding
Possible problems associated with tongue-tie?
- Difficulty staying attached to the breast
- Poor weight gain
- Restricted tongue movement
- Difficulty achieving and sustaining a deep attachment
- Frequent or very long feeds
- Restless and unsettled feeds
- Clicking sound when feeding
- Excessive wind, colic, reflux
- Dribbling milk when breastfeeding
- Painful and damaged nipples
- Engorgement / Mastitis
- Low milk supply
- Exhaustion from frequent feeding
- High anxiety and stress levels