"Tongue Tie division at Wishaw Hospital Maternity Department"
Posted by Vkh (as ),
I have recently given birth to my second child in August 2015 and my first in September 2012, both of whom were delivered at Wishaw hospital maternity department.
With both babies I was keen to breastfeed however both had tongue ties which were undiagnosed whilst within the unit.
My first child's was very pronounced to the tip of her tongue and after a few weeks of severe pain and bouts of thrush and mastitis I was no longer able to breast feed her and had to go onto formula and bottles.
My second child had a full tie which did not quite reach the tip of his tongue and when I asked if it could be checked I was told he was fine. We subsequently endured multiple bouts of mastitis, thrush, blocked ducts and green nappies which were all related to his tongue tie, only through perseverance and family support did I manage to continue to feed until we received an appointment to have this divided at ten weeks after waiting a number of weeks for the appointment.
We were informed that the QEUH in Glasgow was the only centre to have this procedure carried out. It is a very straightforward and quick procedure which has enabled me to continue feeding however this should have been picked up on when carrying out the initial checks on the baby in hospital and carried out before we were discharged. I am aware of others also having similar issues following the failure to diagnose and rectify a tongue tie and would ask that you include this simple check within the checks that you carry out on newborns and look to carry out the procedure in house to save others going through similar distress as we encountered.