Tongue Tie Clinic

What we do

The Baby Steps Tongue Tie Clinic is the best place for an objective assessment of your baby’s breastfeeding issues and tongue mobility. We offer an hour long assessment, run by both an experienced Lactation Consultant and General Practitioner, working together to conduct a thorough breastfeeding analysis including structural and motility assessment.

We collect all the necessary information about your baby’s feeding history, observe a full feed, and together with parents discuss the diagnosis and treatment of choice. A management plan for you and your baby can be formulated based on our assessment findings and the degree of feeding difficulty that is present.

Not all children with a prominent lingual frenulum have a problem with tongue function, and we have found that around a third of babies we see end up not needing a tongue tie release to get feeding back on track.

Our goal is to assist parents in making an informed choice about how to best manage their child. As validation of this, and to foster trust, our procedural GP will perform a Frenectomy (if required) at no additional out of pocket expense. In special cases, we can refer on to the relevant specialist (Paediatric Dentist, Surgeon or Speech Pathologist) or return you to the care of your Lactation Consultant for ongoing support.

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Meet our Team

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Dr Leon Levitt

General Practitioner

Dr Leon Levitt is a caring, experienced General Practitioner and Obstetrician, as well as the director and founder of the Baby Steps Health Centre.

Dr Levitt has consulted in family medicine in Wembley for over 30 years and during this time has delivered babies for thousands of mothers, and cared for them through early childhood. He has strong expertise in the care of infants and mothers, children, parenting and general practice procedures.

He founded Baby Steps Health Centre to enhance the delivery of health services to the young mothers of Western Australia and help them make the best start that they can to parenting.

Outside of medicine, Dr Levitt has contributed to the community through leadership of numerous charities including those dealing with parent mental health, refugees, social change and education.

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Leigh-Anne Perelson

Lactation Consultant

Leigh-Anne has been supporting Baby Steps families as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2019. With over 20 years experience working with breastfeeding families overseas and in Australia, Leigh-Anne values a calm and gentle approach to helping women make breastfeeding work for them. 

She is a Registered Midwife and Nurse and holds master’s degrees in midwifery as well as advanced midwifery and neonatal nursing. Her path to Australian registration has taken her through Perth Children’s Hospital NICU, Royal Perth and King Edward where she now works as a midwife.

A decade of working as an independent midwife in South Africa taught her the value of continuity of care, working with women through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Several families became repeat visitors, and for one family she was blessed to catch all three of their babies. It’s this connection with mothers and babies that drew Leigh-Anne to train and volunteer as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association when emigrating to Australia in 2012. She still volunteers her time on the Breastfeeding Helpline and serves as the Assistant Branch President for the ABA WA Branch.

Leigh-Anne loves supporting women as they find their way as mothers. Her three girls think she’s only in it for the baby cuddles!

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Jill Wiffen

Lactation Consultant

Jill certified as an IBCLC in 2002 and has worked with breastfeeding dyads in hospital, community and private practice settings since that time. She has been involved in mentoring and providing education for her peers and allied health professionals for over a decade. Recently she wrote and facilitated the Breastfeeding Education for Community Child Health Nurses in Perth.

In addition to these roles, she is also a Registered Nurse and Midwife, with a certificate in Neonatal Special Care Nursing, has obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health), a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Child & Adolescent Health), and a Masters in Midwifery (Human Lactation Specialisation).

 Jill enjoys working collaboratively with a group of health professionals in a community setting at Baby Steps, providing evidence-based, holistic care for breastfeeding and lactating families. Jill feels privileged to support families through their breastfeeding journey. Special interests include care of the late preterm/early term infant.

 Jill is a mother of 3, has recently taken up Mahjong and still enjoys her tennis as injuries permit!

Truly collaborative care