...because of an idiotic doctor giving "medical" breastfeeding advice. So a friend had a baby 3 weeks ago. He was 9.5 pounds, big boy. She has two other kids who she formula fed from birth. This time around, she wanted to actually give breastfeeding a try. Of course, being that it was really her first time ever trying to breastfeed, she wasn't really sure of herself and what she was doing. So her doctor tells her that since her baby was so big, she should only nurse him every 3 hours. This, of course, leads to her having mastitis by the time the baby is 2 weeks old. She then resorts to pumping, and introducing a bottle. Which leads to nipple confusion in the baby (DUH), and now at 3 weeks old, she says her "milk is gone" and the baby is completely on formula. She feels this is a good thing because breastfeeding was just stressing her out too much. It shouldn't have to be that way!!!!! Why oh why do doctors tell women to IGNORE their motherly instincts, IGNORE their baby's feeding cues, and put them on a feeding schedule from day one?????? Don't they realize that the first few weeks of breastfeeding are so crucial? That babies have tiny tummies, breastmilk digests quite quickly, and babies don't understand "it hasn't been 3 hours yet, stop crying for food"????? Don't they realize that a successful breastfeeding relationship is based on DEMAND feeding, especially during the first few weeks???? UGH. Or do they just not care???? Why don't doctors just back off and say "feed your baby when he's hungry, if you have any problems, here's the number for the local La Leche League leader"? It's so irritating!!!
DISCLAIMER: I'm not mocking formula feeding here. It's a choice women have, and I understand that in certain circumstances, breastfeeding is just not a feasible option. I also understand that some women would rather not breastfeed. That is their choice. What bothers me is DOCTORS giving "medical" advice that is bound to sabotage breastfeeding success....
Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
So Tyler had to go to the dentist today. He had 4 cavities that needed to be fixed. He came home crying. :o( He has to go back in November to get 3 more cavities fixed. I guess that's what we get for not taking him to the dentist sooner.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
the leaves are falling down... Wow, I'm so not ready for cold weather. We've had a few cold/rainy days, and it's so depressing. Thankfully, we still have lots of nice and sunny days on the weather forecast. What am I going to do once the weather gets too cold/wet to go outside??? I live for the afternoons, sitting outside with the girls while all the kids are playing. It's seriously kept me from going into depression this summer. :p Boy, life with three kids has been hard. A huge adjustment. I don't remember feeling this overwhelmed when I had the boys. But Kaylee has sure thrown me for a loop. She really is a good baby, but she's definitely more "needy" than the boys were. Good thing I learned all about baby wearing before I had her, it surely saved me those first few months. I think the hardest adjustment for me has been trying to meet everyone's needs. There are days where everyone is crying or whining or whatnot, and I just want to scream "Stop it!!!" But then, of course, I remember that I'm the mom, and it's my job to attend to my children. And I try my best to settle everyone down so my ears can get a break. :p Ah, the joys of being a parent. I'm just grateful to have a few good friends around, it helps to have some adult interaction every day. :o)