Whether you are a parent or a health care provider we hope you will find our website helpful in accessing all the information you need about tongue-tie and the support available.

The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners (ATP) was set up in 2012 by a group of tongue-tie practitioners from the NHS and independent sectors with the aims of:

  • Increasing awareness about the effects of tongue-tie on babies especially with regard to both breast and bottle feeding.
  • Supporting parents of tongue-tied babies to access safe and effective care.
  • Assisting tongue-tie practitioners to provide safe and effective care through training and sharing knowledge and experience.
  • Providing resources and education for healthcare providers who refer babies for tongue-tie division.
Catherine Watson Genna, expert advisor to ATP

Catherine Watson Genna BS, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is an honorary member and expert advisor to ATP.

Catherine is particularly interested in helping mums and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges.

She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems.

Mervyn Griffiths Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in Southampton, is an honorary member and expert advisor to ATP.

He started dividing tongue-ties in older babies in 1989 and was invited to start dividing them in newborn babies by the Poole Lactation Consultants in 1998. Since then he has been supervising the Southampton Hospitals Tongue-tie service which has divided about 10,000 tongue-ties since 1989.

He is a founder member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals (IATP), the central group for advice, research, education and parental guidance.

He has supported Carolyn Westcott and Jayne Threllfall who have trained over 100 lactation professionals who are now able to divide tongue-ties independently.

He has co-authored 4 research articles on tongue-ties, including 2 randomised controlled trials and given many lectures to doctors, nurses, lactation consultants and other health professionals about tongue-ties.
He provides a source of support to the ATP when there are concerns about the right course of treatment for babies with thick, recurrent, abnormal, scarred or uncertain tongue-ties.