o.k., I'm not usually much of a ranter, and as a nurse practitioner in family practice, it often makes me sad to read all the bad experiences folks on these boards have with health care providers. I've even thought of posting a thread about the positive experiences I know some of us have had with MDs, NPs, CNMs, etc. That said, I am so mad about what a friend of mine went through at her daughter's 1 year well-child visit yesterday. Her daughter had gained 3 lbs since her 9 month visit, which according to the NP ( ) she saw was not enough. This dropped her down several percentiles (although later the NP admitted she was looking at the chart for BOYS!) She told my friend that she obviously needed to stop nursing, because her daughter was clearly getting only enough to "take the edge off" her hunger, and that it was interfering with her intake of solid foods. WHAT?????? This is a kiddo with a strong gag reflex AND a family history of food allergies. She has been slow to start solids, but overall is a good eater. The NP also chastised my friend for giving her daughter water! She said that the baby is clearly filling up on water. She should only have milk or formula with meals according to this woman. I should add this child is right on track developmentally, and that her parents are both small framed people. My poor friend is beating herself up about not feeding her daughter enough. This just makes me so mad! I had to rant!!!
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1/29/03 at 12:56pm