Tongue-tie and breastfeeding – can mums and babies experience difficulties?

tongue tieWhat is tongue-tie?

The correct term to describe this condition is ankyloglossia (but we can stick to tongue-tie, can’t we?), and it’s a congenital anomaly that can reduce mobility of the tongue tip. It happens because the membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth (called lingual frenulum) is just a bit tighter and shorter than in most people. Although this is just proof that we are indeed all different, tongue-ties can vary in degree of severity – this is also due to where, under the tongue, the frenulum is attached (either towards the tip of the tongue or towards the back of the tongue). Essentially, tongue-tie has the potential to have different effects on different people, and difficulties in breastfeeding (and then later on in life, if the tongue-tie is severe and not corrected), eating and speech are the most common effects. Continue reading “Tongue-tie and breastfeeding – can mums and babies experience difficulties?” »

Win tickets to The Baby Show!

It is an exciting week here at The Natal Company HQ! We are delighted to be travelling up to Manchester this week to be running birth and parenting classes LIVE at The Baby Show!

For the first time we will be running our full range of classes for parents in Manchester from our special Show stand which includes two full classrooms.

Expectant dads can attend a DaddyNatal workshop, to learn all about their role at birth – YES, there is a lot more dad needs to be doing than mopping a brow, and DaddyNatal shows dads how to help make the birth a positive experience for everyone. If baby has already arrived, DaddyNatal founder Dean is also running New Dads classes, so dad and baby can come and learn a little bit of baby massage and developmental movement, while mum has a bit of me-time exploring the show!

Our BabyNatal classes have almost sold out… but we have a few places left on both our Practical Baby Care workshop (perfect if you are an expecting parent wanting to learn all about caring for a newborn) and our Colic and Calming workshop, were we support you to try some different techniques for easing your little ones cries and troubled tums. Our local BabyNatal teachers, Suzy from Warrington and Natasha from Sheffield will be at the show too, so if you can’t get onto the class you want during the show, grab them for a chat about what else they have coming up!

MummyNatal will also be on hand each day of the show, providing a chill-out zone for any mums-to-be – complete with footbaths, we’ll also give you some ideas about how to relax during pregnancy, and techniques you can also use for labour.

Of course, we will also be on hand for anyone to drop by who has a question or a query. You can find us at the Show on stand E45, and we will be easily found on the Show Guide & Maps – just look for The Natal Company stand! We have a lovely sofa and lots of teachers who will be available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to pop by and say hello.

To celebrate our first Baby Show, we are giving away 12 pairs of tickets! To win a pair, please leave us a message this blog telling us which class we are offering you think sounds the best, and why!

Terms and conditions
Tickets are for entry to the Manchester Baby Show only, classes not included.
Competition will be closed at 12 noon Thursday 30th August.
Winners will be announced on this blog by 5pm Thursday 30th August.
Winners must contact The Natal Company to claim their prize.
Winners will be chosen at random.
No cash alternative.