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Volume 14/Issue 6, November 2018

Cutting tongue ties may not help infants to breastfeed

Donna Geddes


Rates for tongue tie surgery are rising world-wide. In one Australian study, tongue tie surgery rates rose by 3,710% in one state.1 Canada recorded an 89% increase,2 the USA a 300% increase.3 Over the past two decades, tongue tie surgery in the UK has become a common solution when mothers experience pain during breast-feeding. The practice is controversial, however, with many doctors claiming it is unnecessary in most cases.

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