"Tongue tie clinic is fabulous, but more training is required"
About: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow / Maternity care Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow Maternity care Glasgow G51 4TF Royal Alexandra Hospital / Maternity care Royal Alexandra Hospital Maternity care PA2 9PN
Posted by Baby7 (as ),
I have struggled for 14 days with a baby who could not sustain a proper latch due to a tongue tie. Like other patients it was recognised at day one and the referral took time. I even had one midwife say that the tongue tie snip was a terrible thing to do to a baby and that I should express and bottle feed as it was the same as breast feeding!
The service at the tongue tie clinic is fabulous and very reassuring. I have no idea why so many of the staff at RAH are reluctant to refer more quickly. 7th baby and I have had tongue ties with all of my children and faced the same battle each time with poor diagnosis and slow referrals. This time thanks to a senior midwife who I had met before things went a bit quicker. Deborah severed the tie in seconds, offered reassurance and patience with us and within 24 hours my babies latch can sustain a feed. Six of my babies could have breastfed if more was done in the wards and more training and staff were in the midwifery teams. I think less money spent on literature and advertising of breastfeeding and more money spent on staff to actually help mums would be an idea.
I have even faced paediatricians who do not recognise tongue ties and one who was reluctant to refer due to statistics, but was willing to have a go scratching the frenulum away with his fingernail without consent. Barbaric in my opinion.