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what is tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is where the strip of skin connecting the baby's tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual.


Some babies who have tongue-tie do not seem to be bothered by it. In others, it can restrict the tongue's movement, making it harder to breastfeed.

Tongue-tie is sometimes diagnosed shortly after delivery during your stay at the hospital but it's not always easy to spot. It may not be obvious until your baby has problems feeding.

Implications of Tongue-Tie

*Difficulty attaching to the breast and staying attached.

*Frequent feeds unsettled in-between feeds.

*Weight loss with slow weight gain

*Clicking noise may be present during the feed.

*Sore, cracked nipples with associated pain throughout the whole breastfeed.

*Low milk supply

Tongue-Tie Assessment and Procedure information

Infant tongue-tie
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