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June 2022 Update

June 2022 Update

The last few weeks have been eventful, in both external and internal ways.

The Uvalde tragedy tore at my heartstrings; reading several accounts and reactions of fellow moms and doctors caring for the victims broke me down.

I won’t go into the political debate about gun control, only to say that we need to do better about protecting our children.

My heart goes out to anyone affected by this tragedy, both directly and indirectly, remembering that survivors of previous mass shooter events will undeniably be triggered by this event.

On the flip side of mourning lives that were prematurely curtailed, several local families welcomed their treasured newborns and enlisted me in 4trimester and lactation assistance.

The last couple weeks had me driving around Houston, counseling new parents in care of their newborns, and assisting moms in latching their babies and managing their milk supply.

Seeing the relief in their demeanor after they gain new knowledge and confidence is the most rewarding part of my job.

I treated an infant’s tongue-tie and have been in close contact with mom to follow up on nursing efficacy and feeding function. I counseled another mom on her baby’s feeding dysfunction, noting that baby likely needs bodywork more than a frenotomy at this time.

On a personal note, I celebrated Mother’s Day, a milestone birthday, and a wedding anniversary last month, being reminded of how much I am loved and taken care of by my family.

Looking ahead:

June is Pride Month. Let’s celebrate our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and patients, reminding ourselves that discrimination is prevalent and daily suffering from micro/macroaggressions is commonplace. Our undivided and unconditional support is key to preserving their right to live as whom they are, without fear of endangering their lives and livelihood.

June 19 is Juneteenth. Let’s pause and reflecton the history of slavery, to remember the lives lost and the generations affectedby the trauma of enslavement. Let’s take time to celebrate our African-Americanbrothers and sisters. As physicians, we can be mindful of implicit bias and strivetoward better outcomes for our patients.

Hug your loved ones and little ones this month. Have a restful and relaxing summer!

Blossom is ready for your kids’ summer check-ups and sports physicals. Join today!


Dr. Chan is a pediatrician in Houston, TX. She provides in-depth pediatric care, in-home postpartum and newborn care, extensive lactation support, and expert tongue-tie treatment.

* Any information contained in this blog post is for educational and informative purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Individual results and experiences may vary; no guarantee of specific clinical outcomes is implied by any statements made on this blog.

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