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During pregnancy, the developing tongue separates from the floor of the mouth. Sometimes when this fails to happen completely  the tissue which is left can interfere with the normal movement or function of the tongue. This is known as tongue tie and affects between 4-10% of all newborns.


While some professionals still don't understand or accept how tongue tie can cause sore nipples and ineffective feeding, there is considerable research to show it does. Releasing the tongue tie can decrease pain and improve breastfeeding outcomes. Every tongue tie presents differently. Getting a trained professional to take a look if you are experiencing feeding problems can help to deal with the conflicting information and advice surrounding tongue tie. 

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