To know there was a reason she wasn’t feeding’
Marcy was seen by both a midwife and a health visitor who were unable to diagnose why she was having problems feeding; they both recommended her to visit the Willow Centre.
Mrs Jowett continued: “I hoped it would happen naturally but
just reached the end of my tether.
“I rushed down and was able to walk in; straight away
consultant saw Marcy and diagnosed a tongue tie and high palette.
“It was such a relief to know there was a reason why she wasn’t feeding.
“It was so overwhelming, I just burst into tears.”
Marcy had to have her tongue tie cut, so Mrs Jowett continued attending the group for Marcy’s aftercare. However, a short time later the tongue tie re-attached.
“Although it was awful it had happened again, it was nice because we saw the same people who remembered her and her story.
“Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world but it doesn’t mean it’s easy.”
Natasha Woodthorpe attended the Ashford group with her sons, who both had tongue ties.
She said not only did it affect her and the boys but also her husband.
She added: “My husband went back to work and whilst it was horrible for me not to be able to feed, it was horrible for him to see me upset and in pain.
“I used the services for both my boys and the specialist help and emotional support from other mums is great.”
She continued: “It was so nice for my husband to come home and I could tell him what had happened and my plan until the following group.
“The help was amazing.”
daughter Marcy and right, Natasha holding Josh, with her husband Oli who is holding Charlie