19 Feb

Help and Support on Tongue Tie

There’s been a bit of conversation about tongue tie on social media after the Loose Women episode that highlighted the challenges experienced by Stacey Solomon

We’ve heard from a lot of women that the feedback that Stacey received on air didn’t match their understanding of tongue tie. So we wanted to help clear up any confusion and point mums in the right direction if they need support.

A tongue tie can restrict normal tongue movement in babies and can lead to breastfeeding difficulties. This can include being unable to attach to the breast, or staying attached, pain while feeding and slow weight gain. Some babies can feed without difficulties, others may find feeding easier after a frenotomy.

The key to identifying and dealing with tongue tie is accessing support from somebody appropriately skilled and well informed as soon as possible – such as your local infant feeding team.

Another good place to start is National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212, which is open 9.30am – 9.30pm every single day of the year. Your call will be answered by highly trained volunteers, who are also mums with personal breastfeeding experience.

For more information on tongue tie:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tongue-tie/

https://www.laleche.org.uk/tongue-tie/

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/sams-story-and-ton…/

https://www.tongue-tie.org.uk/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriend…/support-for-parents/…/

https://gpifn.org.uk/tongue-tie/