This is sort of a continuation of my earlier thread, but I just am so flabbergasted. Here's the rundown of my experiences with doctors telling me to wean:
- Abigail's first ped wanted me to suspend bfing at 3 weeks when she still had a little jaundice (bili level 14.2). She knew we'd had a tough start and had finally gotten the hang of things. Baby was gaining well and healthy. We switched peds.
- The crazy ER doc we saw in December told me to stop nursing because my milk was bad for my gassy babe.
- My own dr told my husband he thought I should wean because it had been long enough and the fact that I am nursing makes it hard to find the right antibiotic for me.
- The pediatric GI specialist we saw this week said I should have a plan for getting Abigail onto a bottle so that bfing doesn't become "a total disaster." (What's that? Inconvenient? Uncomfortable for other people?)
- And I just read on another message board about a woman whose ped advised her to supplement because her baby was "so big at birth" (9lbs). She was mourning because the babe then stopped nursing altogether at four weeks, preferring the bottle.
I would love to say that I had snappy responses to all of this, that I quickly quoted facts and figures and the recommendations of the APA and WHO, etc. But really I just do this:
. Mostly I am just so flabbergasted that I'm speechless, but I also do feel some weirdness because I need these folks to help my child, and I don't want them not to concentrate on her needs.
What do YOU do when you face this situation?
Sigh...thank heavens for our ped. She is wonderful-- a homebirth mama herself, very pro-ebf, etc. I don't know what I'd be doing otherwise.
Mom to Abigail Rose
Also-- when does BF become EBF?