This is a discussion on Thomson Paediatric clinic - Dr Ang Ai Tin within the Singapore Pediatricians and Baby friendly Doctors forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Wanna find out from dear mummies & daddies if your precious been seen by Dr Ang before?...
Wanna find out from dear mummies & daddies if your precious been seen by Dr Ang before?
No prob.. Do you have any problems or issues with her...
Haha.. But sometimes I find her quite impatient n a bit "chop chop"... But sometimes she also quite a funny person, as she often cracks "cold" jokes... Hahaha
When my son was hospitalised this year, she did the same thing too. Twice a day she visited & she can rem how her little patient are doing.
I do recommend her to my cousins too as her clinic is open most of the time, even on sundays
She came by every morning during my hospital stay to tell me how my baby is doing as well.
However, I am uncomfortable with her inappropriate knowledge in breastfeeding. If i had listened to her about breastfeeding, I would've stopped breastfeeding a lot earlier.
But what happened pinkdiamonds ?
I understand that Dr Ang is not a lactation consultant, but I feel that the very basics of breastfeeding she is not very knowledgeable. I mean, a pediatrician *should* know about some breastfeeding, because there is a growing trend that more newborns are being breastfed now. Plus Thomson Medical Center is very pro-breastfeeding, so it puzzles me that a pediatrician who isn't very well-equipped with BFing knowledge works there. The issue was not my personal breastfeeding issues, but with my children breastfeeding. So a pediatrician is expected to know that, yes?
Anyway the story is that my twins had jaundice, and eventually when I visited the pediatrician at Kandang Kerbau Hospital (referred by polyclinic) we found out that it was breastfeeding jaundice. Most, if not all, lactation consultants will tell you that with breastfeeding jaundice, there is no need to stop BFing to feed FM. It will eventually go away, just that with BFing a the jaundice takes a little longer to go away.
At that point of time, the jaundice levels weren't too high yet, so I didn't see why she had to tell me to stop BFing and feed FM instead. Also, moms are encouraged to latch on their babies for the first 6 weeks of life to establish good supply.
Another thing was that Dr Ang actually asked me, how much breast milk were my babies drinking. Now the thing with directly latched on babies is, you dont't measure the amount as when you feed FM in ml (eg: 60ml, 30ml, etc). Instead the gauge of "how much" is actually through how long the baby latches on and is drinking the milk, which will be in minutes. For example: 15 minutes on each side per feed, every 2 hours.
Apparently she thought I had ml mark on my breasts despite me telling her twice that I latch on my baby and she kept asking "how much in ml" She didn't understand that when babies are directly breastfed, the gauge of how much they drink is through the feeding duration. This is not something that I say, but is available in breastfeeding books and from lactation consultant. This is something that is very basic, as I've visited a few more PDs before, even GPs who understood this.
Anyway it can just be because she has a different medical opinion of the situation at that time, while I preferred to sit on the other side. I believe she is still a good pediatrician after all, seeing that many moms rave about her services and knowledge. Perhaps if you are new mom, you may want to reconsider your option. She was the pediatrician for my 2nd pregnancy, so prior to that I already had some knowledge on BFing. It was my 1st child I would have been swayed by her to FM feed my child, which could have badly affected my breastfeeding success. I didn't specify the pediatrician for my 2nd pregnancy because we intended to move on to polyclinic anyway.
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Polyclinic is definitely cheaper than a pediatrician. Polyclinic doctors are mostly GPs, family doctors. So obviously if you want a specialist in children's medicine, the pediatrician will cost more.
The nurses at the polyclinic are generally quite well-equipped to handle babies if you're going for regular growth checkups and jabs. For doctors I think it's really a matter of luck. Some moms have come across bad GPs, while others like me are satisfied. I think it also boils down to your expectations.
She's my daughters' pediatrician too and she never ask me to stop breastfeeding when my 1st daughter had high level of jaundice. I even had to rent the light box for 3 days so her jaundice was quite high. In fact, I think she told me to continue breastfeeding. As a pediatrician, I think she is fantastic. I just wish her clinic has a better system coz it can get ridiculously crowded.
She ticked 'observed' in the health booklet even though she did not bother to check my baby's development , during the check up after one month. She was rude to my confinement lady too.
i switched to the male Dr Ang since queue is shorter and i think he is nicer and more patient
ya, the female Dr Ang is like that want, short and sharp. She told me my son was g6pd deficency on the 2nd day (very early in the morning, should be 6+), where i dont have any idea what is g6pd... end up i call my husband and told him and he scolded me... cuz mother is the carrier so son might have g6pd... then after that we found out, g6pd defiency is so common! but she never ask me to stop BF eventho my son stay in the hospital for another 2 days, maybe bcuz i insist on TBF. for my sister In law case, Dr Ang ask her to give formula and the amount is alot! My sister In law is on on TBF.
Last edited by littlebon; 17-07-2013 at 10:13 PM.