Tongue Tie

Tongue Tie

Lingual frenula (see figs 1 & 2), also known as tongue-ties or ankyloglossia, can restrict tongue movement, making it difficult for the infant to latch deeply, and/or maintain a deep latch during feeding. The consequences of shallow latching are nipple pain, nipple trauma, and insufficient milk transfer, resulting in inadequate infant weight gain and a drop in milk supply.

Tongue-ties are often described as anterior and posterior1,2.




  1. Knox, Isabella Tongue Tie and Frenotomy in the Breastfeeding Newborn. NeoReviews Vol.11 No.9 September 2010.
  2. Mills N, Pransky SM, Geddes DT, Mirjalili S. What is a Tongue Tie? Defining the Anatomy of the In-Situ Lingual Frenulum Clinical Anatomy 2019