Hiya lovely ladies,
We just moved across the country, and are slowly getting re-accustomed to living in a big city again - Dr. appointments, doula appointments, rental appointments, oh my!
One thing that has come up a few times, is that because of the higher rate of women having babies here (busy labour wards, less nursing staff available for 1 on 1 time with new moms in post-partum wards, etc), and because the nursing staff only have cursory knowledge of breastfeeding (although on paper the health region is very pro-breastfeeding), it is pretty standard to "give all babies a bottle until your milk comes in". I've spoken to my doula about this, as well as to the Dr. I'm seeing in the interim until I get in to see a high-risk OB/GYN. I've heard suggestions from both of them that to mitigate some of the "confusion" bottle feeding a nb can cause, it's possible to request some kind of syringe-apparatus or to alternately bring our own nipples from home that supposedly reduce "nipple confusion". The Dr. also said they would happily write on all my charts that I intend to BF and that I want to use alternates to standard bottles, etc.
I'm not really pleased with any of these options, as I'm a first time mom, and really committed to breastfeeding... but in all likelihood, that won't matter much when it comes down to it, as I also understand it is pretty common to use scare tactics ("If you don't feed your baby by bottle, her blood glucose will drop and it will be your fault she winds up in the NICU" and I'm pretty sure, regardless of what I say now, post-partum, I will really struggle with doing something that may potentially wind my child up needing medical intervention).
I understand that they are all about skin-to-skin and trying to nurse right away, etc. so I guess here's hoping that it goes smoothly. My doula is also a lactation consultant, which may help, to some degree, as I won't require as much help from the nursing staff if I have trouble with latching, positioning etc.
I'm just trying to wrap my head around what the net result of a few bottles will be early on, and realising how exhausted I may be, and not wanting to fight with the staff, etc. etc. but tempering that with a deep desire to breastfeed and not have anything stand in the way of being successful at that....
Rant-y rant-y rant-y.
Any suggestions?? TIA for your help!!