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I brought Reagan in for blood work today at the Urgent Care Med Lab. I called ahead to be sure I could breastfeed during the needle. It was a main center I called because they don't accept calls at individual places. When I got there I told them that I was the one that called. She said..Who said you could breastfeed? The other receptionist then says.."Your baby could choke! We don't do that here." I said I drove 40 min to be told no? She then said, "You would rather your baby choke?" I said yes. I didn't want to say what I really wanted to say because I still wanted them to do it. She then gives me this disgusted look and rolls her eyes like I am the worst mother on the planet. She says.."Well it is up to the person drawing the blood."<br>
I get into the rm and tell them I may have to go elsewhere because I AM breastfeeding while she got the needle. I said I don't want to have to go all over Windsor looking for someone to do it. They said..well she has to be facing a certain way and it will be too hard. I told them I will lean over her if I have to. I will do whatever I can. They didn't seem too impressed but allowed it. SHE DIDN'T CHOKE!! Can you believe it?? I was shocked that they didn't have to run in and resuscitate her from the choking I would have caused her rolleyes.gif<br>
She wimpered a bit when the needle went in and that was it. I am so happy I stood up for my daughter!
 

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It is a load of horse pukey - that you'd choke on a breast!?!<br><br>
Good for you. There are some people around who need to take a biology course....or at least look at a book to see how the breast works. Choking on a breast. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed">
 

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Yay for you!!!!<br><br>
Choke, wth? That was the reason they said they didn't want you to?
 

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lmao!...were they serious?<br>
I would have laughed at them and said 'what is my nipple going to fall off? - Is she going to choke on my nipple?!'.... (and the word nipple is usually enough to fluff up other peoples feathers lol)<br><br>
Good job though hun!
 

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yeah! I nursed DS for his PKU @ 1 week old, he never even reacted. I also nursed for a blood draw in the hosp when he had RSV. He never choked...lol. And no one ever questioned either.
 

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Awesome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
That's just crazy about the choking! I'm guessing that they're equating bf'ing with bottle/cup feeding, but even then, I can't imagine how drinking something while having blood drawn would cause her to choke. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Good for you! I believe it was been demonstrated in certain studies (I could be wrong here) that breastfeeding during certain painful procedures such as a blood draw makes it less traumatic for the child.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It is a load of horse pukey - that you'd choke on a breast!?!<br><br>
Good for you. There are some people around who need to take a biology course....or at least look at a book to see how the breast works. Choking on a breast. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed"></div>
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My thoughts exactly. WTH?
 

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I think the assumption is that if the baby is in the process of swallowing milk, they might gasp & inhale when the needle goes in and choke on the milk.<br><br>
I also nursed my dd through blood draws and ignored the repeated warnings. She never had any trouble with choking.
 

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I think that it is just thinly-veiled discomfort with a nursing mother. sad.<br><br>
contrast it to my little rural health clinic. There the nurse always suggests I nurse when the girls get shots! Even now that gingy is a toddler, she suggests it.<br><br>
I am so glad you stood up for your family. can be hard, right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think the assumption is that if the baby is in the process of swallowing milk, they might gasp & inhale when the needle goes in and choke on the milk.</div>
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But even so, inhaling a little breastmilk is no biggie.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Good for you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But even so, inhaling a little breastmilk is no biggie.</div>
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I wish more people would understand this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Well, since you were in a medical facility, hopefully they could have "saved" her if she did choke. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">:
 
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