Who we are

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.

We increase awareness about the effects of tongue-tie on babies especially with regard to both breast and bottle feeding.

We support parents of tongue-tied babies by providing access safe and effective care, appropriately regulated, by trained healthcare professionals, who are insured and registered.

What is tongue-tie?

Research suggests that approximately 1 in 10 babies may be born with some membrane under the tongue. But only about half of those babies display significantly reduced tongue function, making breast or bottle feeding difficult.

These babies are likely to benefit from treatment to release the restriction that the membrane is having on the tongue and enable to baby to feed effectively.

Problems which may be due to a tongue-tie:

Mother:

  • Sore/damaged nipples
  • Nipples which look misshapen or blanched after feeds
  • Mastitis
  • Low milk supply
  • Exhaustion from frequent/constant feeding
  • Distress from failing to establish breastfeeding

Baby:

  • Restricted tongue movement
  • Small gape resulting in biting/grinding behaviour
  • Unsettled behaviour during feeds
  • Difficulty staying attached to the breast or bottle
  • Frequent or very long feeds
  • Excessive early weight loss/ poor weight gain/faltering growth
  • Clicking noises and/ or dribbling during feeds
  • Colic, wind, hiccoughs
  • Reflux (vomiting after feeds)

What we do for health care providers

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.

Tongue-tie Training

The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners does not provide training in tongue-tie division.

However, we receive lots of enquiries about training so here are the answers to some frequently asked questions, such as:
“Who can divide tongue-ties?” and
“Where can I train to do tongue-tie division?”

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Whether you are a parent or a health care provider, we hope you will find our website helpful in accessing all of 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.

The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners (ATP) is also actively working to redress inaccuracies in the reporting and documenting of the effects of tongue-tie on babies especially with regard to both breast and bottle feeding.