"My Baby's Tongue Tie operation"

About: Royal Oldham Hospital / Paediatrics Tameside General Hospital / Maternity care

(as a parent/guardian),

When my daughter was born we were having trouble with breastfeeding and I was extremely sore and frustrated and upset wondering what I was doing wrong (the midwives were very helpful in Tameside hospital before we left trying to get breastfeeding established).

Then my midwife at home noticed that my daughter had tongue-tie and that this was probably the reason why breastfeeding was absolute agony for me. I was relieved to have a reason and that to hear it was an extremely simple 2 minute procedure to correct.

I however was devastated to hear that there was a 6-8 week waiting list at Oldham Hospital - there was no way that I could carry on breastfeeding for 2 more months in such agony. A friend then found a lactation consultant, called Helen Howard, at Tameside Hospital which was actually where my daughter was born (where I lived meant I had midwives from Oldham but I had chosen Tameside for my daughter's birth).

After ringing Helen distraught at my situation (all struggling breastfeeding mums will understand why I was distraught), Helen was able to get me an appointment within a week. I was so happy. A week later my daughter had the procedure and we are still successfully breastfeeding 3 months on.

Helen was our saviour. I do feel however that a simple check for tongue-tie should be a matter of course as part of a newborn's checks, especially if breastfeeding is not going well before they leave the hospital, then it could be dealt with before baby and mum are discharged.

Apparently it is a very common condition and yet nobody picked it up with us for 3 weeks and then it was only found by accident.

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Response from John Goodenough, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for posting your comments on the patient opinion website. We are delighted you are pleased with the care you received from our Infant Feeding Coordinator and Lactation Consultant. Clearly I will ensure your comments are shared.

I wish you and your family well for the future.

Thank you for choosing Tameside General Hospital as your hospital of choice.

Kind regards

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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Response from Royal Oldham Hospital

Thank you for your comment regarding your visit to the Royal Oldham Hospital Firstly we would like to congratulate you on the birth of your daughter. We are sorry to read you feel you and your baby were not checked before you left hospital. If you wish us to investigate your concerns, please contact the Patients Advice and Liaison Service on 0161 604 5897 with more details, they will then be able to forward your concerns to the correct department.

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