Professional tongue-tie division and infant-feeding support provided by a Registered Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Tongue Tie Practitioner
Are you concerned about your baby's feeding (breast or bottle)?
Need professional help to find out why you are having problems?
Receive advice and support to improve your feeding relationship by an expert with over 11 years experience in tongue tie release.
CQC registered Specialist Midwife and Lactation Consultant clinics currently held by Suzanne Barber in Beeston, Solihull and the Peak District.
Same or next day appointments are possible in the Peak District clinic, please use Contact Form.
Out of Hours appointments for newborns unable to feed possible in the Peak District (£50 surcharge), please use Contact Form below.
Only babies under 1 year treated.
When I discovered information about tongue-ties in 2007, it was my 'lightbulb' moment. The path was set for me to acquire training as an IBCLC and for experience and competency in frenulotomies (division of the tongue-tie) to complement my role as an Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife in the NHS.
I now provide infant feeding clinic services for parents who need support with their babies, both for breastfeeding, chestfeeding and bottle feeding. I have extensive experience and expertise in this field and have been a tongue tie practitioner since 2011. I am fully insured and a member of the Royal College of Midwives, the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain, International Lactation Consultant Association and the Association of Tongue-Tie Practitioners.
I worked in the NHS, initially as a nurse and then as a midwife for 30 years, before leaving my positions as Lead Midwife for infant feeding and Supervisor of Midwives, for private practice in 2015.
In 2012 myself and 4 others started the Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners to enable families to have access to practitioners who were insured, regulated and registered with the Care Quality Commission. I was the original Chair, then secretary, then website co-ordinator and now lead on audit in the committee. In recognition or my contributions I am now an Honorary lifetime member of the ATP.
In April 2019 I registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Babytobreast Ltd aims to provide high quality services in infant feeding to support families with infants under one year by offering timely appointments to assess and treat feeding difficulties. We aim to ensure robust, evidenced based, and person-centred treatment and support is delivered to all families irrespective of age, gender, race or religion.
Benefits of Surgery
A study of 3000 frenulotomies found:
Immediately post procedure:
Early outcomes showed of 3000 frenulotomies, 96% of women reported an immediate difference in their babies' feeding (breast or bottle feeding) at the first feed following the procedure.
The differences included, less discomfort and pain during feeds, softer suckling, deeper latch which the baby maintained, swallowing more, nipple not misshapen at feed termination, no dribbling milk. In bottle fed babies mothers reported quicker feeds (10 to 20 minutes), less or no spillage, more controlled sucking and swallowing.
48 hours after the procedure, whilst not all mothers could be contacted, 78% of those that were, reported differences in their babies' feeding.
At 3 months post procedure, 21% of mothers followed up with the study. 44.6% reported that they were continuing to exclusively breastfeed their babies.
I offer different consultation types depending on you and your baby's needs. All clinics may be booked directly via my website. Please be aware that support with feeding post frenulotomy is a key to successful feeding and not all dividers provide this key element in this services. I treat all types of tongue tie, as appropriate, and the risks are rare and fully explained as part of a comprehensive consent process. Not all babies who appear tongue tied require surgery hence why feeding history and assessment is important.