Dr. Alan O' Reilly
Dr. Alan O’ Reilly

Dr Alan O’Reilly is a General Practitioner and a certified Lactation Consultant with a special interest in Tongue tie.

Hello, my name is Dr. Alan O’Reilly and I am a GP and certified Lactation Consultant working in Camden Medical in Dublin city centre. I have been providing a Tongue-tie division service since 2013.

I was introduced to tongue-tie by Nicola O’Byrne, a lactation consultant in Dublin who was struggling with the reality that a lot of parents had to travel long distances to avail of a tongue-tie division as there were so few practitioners performing the procedure in Ireland. Like many doctors and parents I was unaware of the implications tongue-tie could have on babies and their parents.

I performed a research audit of my first six months performing Tongue-tie division. I followed up with mums and their babies’ six weeks after the procedure. I was delighted to report that over 85% of mothers continued to breastfeed with improvement in their symptoms, and most importantly, their babies were thriving.

I gained a greater understanding of tongue-tie and it’s effects when son was born with an anterior tongue-tie. His tongue was tightly adhered to the floor of his mouth. I was grateful for my experience in the area.

I have worked closely with lactation consultants, community midwives and public health nurses that have experience in diagnosing and treating babies with tongue-tie. Their assessment, management and dedication to babies and their mums is invaluable. I firmly believe that tongue-tie division alone is not a ‘magic cure’ that may immediately end all your breastfeeding difficulties. It is important that all other issues affecting your breastfeeding have been addressed by an experienced Lactation Specialist before considering tongue-tie division.

I qualified from NUI, Galway in 2005. I completed my postgraduate training as GP with the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. I have postgraduate experience in working as an SHO in both surgery and paediatrics. I also hold a postgraduate Diploma in Child’s Health. I am a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and I am fully registered with the Irish Medical Council. I am also a member of the Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners.

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