Tongue-tie is a medical condition in which the thin piece of skin under a baby’s tongue is too short, which can restrict the movement of the tongue.
At times tongue-tie causes no problems at all and requires no action. However, sometimes tongue-tie can interfere with a baby’s ability to breast feed effectively. This may lead to nipple pain and trauma, poor breast milk intake and a decrease in milk supply over time. If this becomes a major problem to a baby’s health, the condition can be ‘released’.
Parents of tongue-tied babies with feeding problems should see their doctor or nurse to check whether or not the tongue-tie is related to any feeding problem.
Studies on the release of a tongue-tie procedure have found few risks and problems.