No WBV anymore for us either. Our DD presented with issues that almost every ped in the world considered a disaster of major proprtions. It took her over 1 month to regain her birthweight because of terrible suck problems that didn't right themselves until she was 3 mos old. I was told she would never breastfeed and that I had a responsibility to her to put her on formula. She is now a healthy 34lb 28 mo, who was exclusively bf'd until 16 months. Which brought us to our next problem: the fact that she vomited at the mere SIGHT of food until 16 mos. She was growing and developing fine, but didn't want to eat solids. Who could blame her with all the effort we went to to help her nurse
. But, our ped told us, again, that we needed to force her to eat. I told him that unless he had a way of forcing her not to vomit, then I didn't really see how that was going to be possible.
THen, I switched to a "natural" nurse-practitioner. ON our first visit, she asked me if I was still night-nursing my then 16mo. When I responded yes (this is before I have even put my diaperbag down) she said "Well, you'll have to stop that now."
I got in my car that day and realized that I have NEVER had a WBV that didn't end up with me seriously reconsidering my natural mothering instincts and the ideas about parenting that I really believed in. So, we keep a ped on hand that we would want to use in the event that we are ever in an ER, but other than that I avoid all roads that lead to a pediatrician's office! My daughter has never been healthier for it.
As for the tear duct thing...My DD had that too. Our Ped, of course, acclaimed all the virtues of antibiotics and surgery, and told us that no amount of breastmilk would cure it and that leaving it alone would be akin to leaving her in the middle of the freeway during rushour. We did nothing and it cleared up, with no damage done whatsoever, at around 1 year.