Our experienced tongue-tie practitioner Luci Lishman offers tongue-tie assessment and tongue-tie division for babies experiencing feeding difficulties. In our clinic we provide support for babies under 6 months, with the option for combined osteopathic treatment.
Luci will carefully assess your baby using the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) developed by Alison Hazelbaker.
The function of your baby's tongue (movement of the tongue, including lift, extension, lateral movement, cup and spread of the tongue and wave-like action.
The appearance of your baby's tongue (the shape of the tip, length of the frenulum, stretchiness of the frenulum, where it attaches to the tongue and the gum ridge)
If there is a tongue-tie diagnosed, it may be appropriate to watch a latch to see if any adjustments could improve the feeding. If it is clear that everything has been done to improve the feeding, and there are still problems, then the tongue-tie can be divided with your verbal consent.
We aim to make the tongue-tie division as gentle as possible. Luci will help you swaddle your baby ready for the procedure. You can then cuddle your baby while she prepares her equipment, washes her hands and puts on sterile gloves.
She will then carry out the procedure. Firstly, gently lifting your baby's tongue with one finger to stretch the frenulum. She then makes a small incision with sterile scissors that are curved and round-ended. She then will apply pressure under the tongue with some sterile gauze, unwrap your baby and bring them over to feed.
Luci will offer feeding support as needed and make sure there is no bleeding before you go home. She will also give you a pack of sterile gauze and written aftercare advice, ensuring you and your baby are supported following the procedure.
Please read our tongue-tie FAQs or get in touch for more information.
'Amazing instant results from the tongue tie procedure. Charlie went from falling asleep after 10-20 mls of milk to taking 120mls in one go, fantastic!
Such a happier baby almost instantly, Thank you so much Luci! '.