Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a problemaffecting somebabies with a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth (lingual frenulum).
It can sometimes affect the baby's feeding, making it hard for them to attach properly to their mother's breast.
If you're concerned about your baby's feeding and think they may have tongue-tie, speak to your infant feeding specialist, lactation consultant, health visitor, midwife or GP.
The following information explains tongue-tie and the problems it can cause, and describes a quick and almost painless procedure to snip the skin, known as tongue-tie division, which should be considered if your baby is affected.
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a problem affecting some babies with a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth (lingual frenulum).
Tongue-tie is a birth defect that affects 4-11% of newborn babies. It's more common in boys than girls. Normally, the tongue is loosely attached to the base of the mouth with a piece of skin called
To breastfeed successfully, the baby needs to latch on to both the breast tissue and nipple, and their tongue needs to cover the lower gum so the nipple is protected from damage. Babies with tongue-t
Treatment is not necessary if your baby has a piece of skin connecting the underside of their tongue to the floor of their mouth, but they can feed without any problems. If feeding is affected, the t
Untreated tongue-tie may cause no problems as a child gets older, and any tightness may resolve naturally as the mouth develops with age. However, some cases can persist, and may cause problems such