Is anyone else going through the Baby Friendly designation at their hospital right now? We have done all of our training and are now waiting for the visit. I'm having some issues with it though.
Not much has changed in our unit as far as our practices, which I'm thankful for. What I am noticing is an increase in admissions from NBN of babies who are dehydrated because the nurses and/or practitioners are refusing to give breastfed babies formula when needed.
I'm really concerned that with this training, people are learing to become very inflexible and not giving formula when really medically necessary.
I can understand not wanting to give formula for the majority of breastfed normal newborns but sometimes the mother's milk supply isn't sufficient enough and the baby suffers for it.
We have seen an major increase of babies being admitted because of low blood sugars and lethargy and/or seizures. When we do our lab work, we are finding that these babies are dehydrated but before we get that diagnosis these babies are getting full septic workups including urine caths and lumbar punctures.
I am really feeling that the designation of "Baby Friendly" is being misapplied or some education is missing.
I want to talk to someone about this. I'm probably going to start with my unit director becuase this really bothers me.
Has anyone else experienced this? What are your thoughts?
How would you present this as a concern? Ideally I'd like to bring this up with the unit directors and the medical directors to find out what exactly is going on.
That would really **** me off. I've heard of facilities taking away pacifiers that the mother bought herself and throwing them away.
I'm a NICU RN and will breastfeed when I have kids and I completely believe in it. But you can bet your dollar that first night after pushing a bowling ball out (or recovering from a major abdominal surgery!!) that I will not be feeding my kid with the breast and will be giving them a bottle. I would probably fall asleep with them and having a code blue called...A bottle will not kill them...
Last edit by sirI on Apr 23, '13