The presence alone of a tongue-tie is not an indicator for treatment. Tongue mobility is the critical factor that affects breast feeding.
National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE guidelines) suggests difficulties with breastfeeding babies is the only reason to release a tongue/lip tie in a baby.
Traditionally a tongue tie has been released with a quick snip of a scissors. The tissue is very thin and doesn’t bleed more than a couple of drops so this is a realistic, convenient and quick method to release a tongue tie in a baby and in the right hands a scissors is very successful.
Tongue-tie is when the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a thin piece of tissue called a frenulum. Usually this piece of tissue is loosely attached, but in some babies it is tight and or short, stopping the tongue from moving freely.