About Lip Tie

The following statement by the Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners (ATP) explains their position on lip tie. If you have any questions about lip tie, please Get In Touch.

ATP Statement on Lip Tie
Currently there is no published evidence supporting a link between breastfeeding issues and lip tie. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have not issued any guidance on this issue and therefore training is not available in the UK in lip tie division for practitioners. 

This situation may change in the future if new research and evidence influences best practice guidelines. Currently nurse/midwife tongue tie practitioners working in the UK cannot offer lip tie division as the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code of Conduct states that nurses, midwives and health visitors must ‘deliver care based on the best available evidence or best practice’ and ensure any advice given is evidence based if suggesting healthcare products or services. 

The Code also requires that nurses and midwives recognise and work within the limits of their competence. On the rare occasions that lip ties are divided by surgeons in the NHS it is usually done in relation to concerns about dental issues, not breastfeeding. If you have concerns about lip ties we suggest you discuss this with your dentist.

--- We came to see Dee when our baby was a few days old and had a tongue tie. We were told we needed to wait 2 weeks for an appointment at the hospital but Dee was able to see us the same day we contacted her, making time, after work and putting her daughter to bed, to see us. The tongue tie was snipped very quickly and healed really well and the feeding improved almost instantly. Really great service and would highly recommend

- Julie

--- I came across Dee's details after frantically searching the Internet for any information or help regarding a tongue tie division. It was noticed at our 6 week check up that my son had a tongue tie - which was resulting in his frequent feedings and difficulties latching onto his bottle. We were referred via NHS - however after waiting 2 stressful weeks we still had no appointment through and no one answered our phone calls or emails when we tried to get in contact. I contacted Dee and within the hour I had a response which was amazing!! We arranged to meet and had the tongue tie divided that same evening. Dee was amazing both in communication beforehand and in person. We were put at ease straightaway. The procedure was simple and very quick (over within a few seconds). We had a fresh bottle ready for after - in which my son took to immediately (latching onto his bottle perfectly & drinking the most he ever has in one go with ease). We are extremely happy and thankful for all Dee's help and expert advice. I would recommend to anyone. If it wasn't for Dee my son would still be struggling with his feeds and getting very little sleep.

- Charmaine S