Tongue Tie Assessment & Treatment for Breast & Bottle Fed Babies
At the weekend Mrs Debra Abbas, a registered senior midwife, IBCLC and certified tongue tie practitioner from Breastfeeding Solutions LTD, London – joins us in Huddersfield.
Specialising in difficult to resolve feeding problems, assessment treatment of tongue tie (Ankyloglossia), with follow up support available as required. We are happy to assess babies who have had a tongue tie treated elsewhere, yet are still experiencing difficulties.
Now runs weekly at:
The Wellfield House Clinic,
33 New Hey Road,
Assessment only: £100
During your session we start by taking a thorough history of pregnancy, labour & delivery and discuss what problems you are looking to resolve. We then complete an oral assessment to establish what mobility the tongue has and what baby is doing with his mouth, lips and tongue during a feed and check for oral restrictions. We observe a feed and as lactation consultants can help identify why baby is struggling to feed well and work with you to set appropriate plans if needed. If you would like the option of treating a tie if identified/confirmed, please see the Assessment and treatment option below.
Treatment: Please call for price during Covid pandemic
“It was recognised that breastfeeding is a complex interaction between mother and child, and that many factors can affect the ability to feed. Skilled breastfeeding support is an integral part of the management of breastfeeding difficulties. “NICE Division of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) 2.5.1
Sometimes there may be a tongue tie but it may not be what’s causing the problem, other times underlying issues may need resolving before treating the tie to improve outcome.
“Many tongue-ties are asymptomatic and cause no problems. Some babies with tongue-tie have breastfeeding difficulties. Conservative management includes breastfeeding advice, and careful assessment is important to determine whether the frenulum is interfering with feeding and whether its division is appropriate.” NICE Division of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) 2.1.2 We assess function and also observe a feed (as per NHS best practice) – you will be given the details of this assessment and we also give you a letter to notify your GP that the procedure has taken place.
Referrals : We are happy to accept referrals from health professionals, breastfeeding support workers and parents can also self refer. A full functional assessment is always undertaken.
Appointment required: Yes
Please read the terms of booking as this provides a PDF with important information you need regarding assessment and treatment.
Bodywork – osteopath/chiropractor: We work closely with several paediatric osteopaths, one of which is situated very close to our practice. If you would like to book a session alongside your assessment/treatment, please contact us for details.
- Do you treat upper lip tie?
No. Our assessment includes checking for an abnormal upper labial frenum and we can discuss referral options to the NHS where appropriate. There are currently no NICE guidelines supporting the removal of the upper frenulum and thus no guidance as to best practice and whether anaelgesic is required (and if so what sort) or who is best placed to treat. There are also no controlled studies exploring frenectomy and whether it is beneficial in terms of resolving feeding problems. You can read more here and here.
For further information please Contact Us