Hi I’m Kar Mun and I want to share my journey from a struggling mum trying to breastfeed my first child to a Paediatric Dentist offering a solution to tongue tie & lip tie. I find it rewarding to give Mothers another chance to feed their child when all else has failed.
The topic of “tongue-tie” or oral restriction is close to Dr. Chan’s heart as Dr. Chan’s eldest child was affected by tongue tie. The advice she received from health experts, including her paediatrician, maternal child health nurse and lactation consultant, was that her babies tongue tie may or may not be the cause of difficulty in breastfeeding she was experiencing.
To manage the challenges of breast feeding she faced with her baby, Dr. Chan was encouraged to express breast milk and bottle feed her daughter, and then top up with formula. She was not given the recommendation to have the tongue tie addressed surgically. Consequently, Dr. Chan missed an opportunity to establish a breastfeeding relationship with her child, a relationship that is so important between a mother and her new born.
Some fifteen months later, Dr. Chan’s second child was born, and as the baby was not affected by tongue-tie she was able to experience the richness of the breastfeeding bond established between a mother and her baby. She can provide minimally invasive laser therapy to quickly remedy tongue-tie.