Friday, September 30, 2005

And yet another baby on formula...

...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....

3 comments:

Laura said...

I hear you, sistah! :) Welcome to the world of blogging.

*Ruca* said...

ITA!!!Doctors should keep their personal opinions out of the exam room IMO...

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