Professional tongue-tie division and infant-feeding support
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 10 years experience in this field.
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.
Weekend appointments for newborns unable to feed possible in the Peak District (£50 surcharge), please use Contact Form below.
Babies treated up to 1 year of age.
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).
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 April 2019 I registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Benefits of Surgery
A recent 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. Due to current demand I have adapted my Solihull Clinic to require an initial virtual consultation. During this consultation I will assess your needs and decide on future steps for support and the appropriateness of a face to face consultation.