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I have a distant cousin, who I've never met, who recently had a baby, young. I mean not adult yet young. Typical sob story too, baby's father bailed and so on. What has me banging my head up against a wall is that I just got off the phone with my step mom, who told me her milk dried up, so she couldn't breastfeed, and she's not handling that well. So I ask a few questions, and as it turns out the L & D nurses told her since her baby was only 5# she HAD to supplement with formula right away, and from what I gather she was only "allowed" to nurse AFTER the baby had a bottle!!!!!!!!! Arg!!! Why is this crappy information still being given to mothers!!!!! And WHERE is that head slamming up against a wall smiley!!!!!!!<br><br>
Why are supposed medical staff still sabotaging breastfeeding!
 

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Its awful...but your making the assumption the med staff are up to date on their training or that they are getting it in training at all.<br><br>
It sucks but its not surprising at all. Especially if her family does not support it.
 

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I hear you. What is really discouraging is so many young or first time mothers depend on the advice from their doctors and will follow it religiously. I've come to realize that unless IBCLC is behind their name...you will get all sorts of messed up information.<br>
I was told by my son's pediatrician that he was gaining too much weight because I nursed him too much. She said to let him "cry it out" (at 6 weeks!!!) and give him a pacifier. I switched doctors.<br>
I was also told by an ER doc when I had a wicked stomach bug NOT to feed my son because the virus would pass through my milk and infect him. Uh yeah...he was the only one out of my family that did NOT get the bug.<br>
It really is scary the bad information out there. I chalk it up to no continuing education for these doctors who already think they know it all. Seriously frustrating.
 

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UGH, one of my friends got this advice. There was this nasty norovirus that went around my friends and family circle two years ago over the Holidays. EVERYONE in my family got nasty, nasty sick, except: my frail, elderly grandmother (which was just phenomenal because it would have put her in the hospital at best... and I'm not sure her body could have handled the strain), me (the breastfeeding mother... I was a bit queasy but have always had a stomach of steel, so somehow avoided the explosive diarrhea and vomiting that everyoen else experienced. Inherited it from grandma, I guess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), and DS (who presumably got the antibodies from me).<br><br>
Fast forward to my friend catching it... her stupid doctor told her (after she had been nursing and around her baby throughout the incubation and early presentation stages) that she should send her baby to her parents' house and have them feed him frozen pumped milk... because... yup, her milk was contaminated, or her nipples might have the germies on them. Luckily, babe had apparently already BFed enough to get the antibodies, and he never got sick.<br><br>
It did spell the end of their already-fragile nursing relationship, though. When he came back, his latch was horrifically painful (they had all kinds of nursing issues). She used up her freezer stash and switched to formula when it ran out.<br><br>
I didn't have the heart to tell her that the doctor's advice as BS because she was so bummed about giving up. She got bad advice from the start that resulted in a perpetually bad latch, and it just became too much to keep going.<br><br>
The good news, though... she was totally proactive with her second, seeking out advice from other sources, and he's doing just great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 
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