Baby Gardeners Midge Fijac and Joanna Molloy with the group of people who took part in the breastfeeding workshop at the Gladstone Women's Health Centre. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer
Baby Gardeners Midge Fijac and Joanna Molloy with the group of people who took part in the breastfeeding workshop at the Gladstone Women's Health Centre. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer Tegan Annett

Mums learn more about tongue tie and breastfeeding

WHEN Shannon Blanch was told her baby boy was 'tongue tied' and that she would not be able to breast feed him, she felt like she wasn't going to the perfect mum she had dreamed of. But yesterday she learned more about the condition, which is now affecting her second child, three-week-old Savannah.

It is where a thin piece of skin under the tongue restricts its movement - creating difficulty during breast feeding.

It also impacts a baby's ability to suckle from a bottle.

"Some mothers don't find out what the problem is for a long time, and sometimes it's not until they've stopped trying to breastfeed, so in those cases it's really devastating," lactation consultant Joanna Molloy said.

Shannon has had Savannah's tongue tie snipped, but there are ongoing issues.

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She is taking Savannah to Brisbane for surgery. She said there wasn't enough information available for new mums to understand the condition.

"I was adamant about Savannah that I wanted to get her checked straight away because I really want to breast feed her."

"With Hunter I was determined to be this perfect mum and use cloth nappies and breast feed. And then when I found out I couldn't breast feed him, it was just so upsetting," she said.

Yesterday two Baby Gardeners consultants delivered a workshop on breastfeeding and tongue tie to a small group of Gladstone mums.



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