Join Date: Apr 2002
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My mother's friend has a new grandson -- he was born prematurely just a couple weeks ago. The mom is a bit backward, I think -- she smoked throughout her pregnancy, didn't eat well because she didn't want to gain too much weight, etc. -- but admirably wanted to "try" breastfeeding. Her doc told her she should give the kid formula instead to start with because since he was premature he needs the iron and all the other wonderful things in the special formula.
When her milk came in she was miserable and didn't know what to do, and my mom and her friend called me. Of course I told them to tell her to breastfeed, to call LLL, to read The Baby Book (that I gave her for her shower), even to pump and give the milk in a bottle -- and of course the mom didn't want to go against doctor's orders, and you know the rest of the story.
It's so sad. It seems like you should be able to sue this doctor for giving bad advice -- certainly this poor premature kid's whole life might well be affected. But really, what can you do? Anything?