Medway Community Healthcare offer a service for babies under the age of 6 months with a suspected tongue-tie who are experiencing difficulties breastfeeding or feeding from a bottle. A tongue-tie practitioner, who is also a health visitor, and breastfeeding specialist, will assess baby and if indicated will do the division during the same consultation. Mum will be supported to feed her baby straight after the procedure.

For a tongue tie assessment please access the most appropriate route:

  • If you are breastfeeding and suspect your baby has a tongue-tie that is causing feeding difficulties, please contact the health visitor duty line on 0300 123 3444 (option 4) to book an appointment.
  • If your baby is formula feeding please ask your health visitor to refer you to the infant feeding team, who will quickly arrange an appointment for your baby to be assessed at the clinic on a Monday afternoon

The specialist infant feeding team will assess your baby’s feeding, and if tongue-tie is suspected they will discuss what this means and what can be done next. If indicated your baby will be referred to the Tongue-tie Clinic. We aim to see most babies within one week of referral.

This service is only available to families who live in the area covered by Medway Council.