Bottles after 3 hours - page 5

It seems that our lactation nurses and the nursery nurses are at odds with each other. Many of the nursery nurses feel that a baby must eat Q 3- 4 or they will starve. Lactation takes the view (which... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    like I said, we may agree to disagree. I will leave this thread w/that thought.
  2. by   Cheerio
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    I am truly sorry to hear this. In a case such as yours, we offer to take the mommie in a wheelchair to the nursery so she may hold/feed the newborn if possible. If the baby is too sick, we certainly encourage her and the family to visit and bond as soon as feasible as well as begin PUMPING milk IMMEDIATELY. Breastfeeding success is important to me and I will do everything humanly possible to help ensure this success for those who are dedicated to it! I am sorry this was not the case for you!
    Thank you Deb. I wish I had given birth at your hospital. It tears me up when I think about it, and some people don't think breastfeeding is a big deal, but they took the choice away from me. For my third, I will birth there again, but *I* will be calling the shots. They're actually thinking of implementing bands for the babies, so you can tell if they are breast/bottlefed much easier.
    Good idea? Possibly.
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by Cheerio
    Thank you Deb. I wish I had given birth at your hospital. It tears me up when I think about it, and some people don't think breastfeeding is a big deal, but they took the choice away from me. For my third, I will birth there again, but *I* will be calling the shots. They're actually thinking of implementing bands for the babies, so you can tell if they are breast/bottlefed much easier.
    Good idea? Possibly.
    I think that idea is ok, but if nurses/staff are not supportive of breastfeeding in the first place, a band will not do too much good. I say, try making a birth plan and including the desire to be the first to hold the baby and be able to breastfeed immediately after birth.

    In the event the baby must be transferred to the nursery, request you be allowed to go there to bond/feed as soon as possible, even if it means by wheelchair. Be VERY assertive from the start and don't take NO for answer unless truly, medical conditions make it impossible. Also, it may help if you can get hold of a lactation consultant or La Leche League if there are ANY issues that prevent normal breastfeeding after delivery. Ask if your hospital employs a lactation consultant and if so, know his/her name and how to contact this person ahead of time. Unless your blood pressure is dangerously high, or you are hemorrhaging, you SHOULD be able to feed your baby immediately (or at least upon recovery).

    They have no right to take that choice away from you and no bottles, nipples, pacifiers or formula should be used unless SPECIFICALLY ordered for MEDICAL purposes by your pediatrician. IF this is the case, make it clear to the pediatrician your STRONG desire to initiate breastfeeding ASAP---- and reiterate your commitment to this goal as a family to all personnel involved in the care of you and your baby. I wish you luck! Hopefully things go much better this time around!
  4. by   mark_LD_RN
    MotherbabyRN-- i think you may have taken some of what isaid the wrong way, i tried to clarify it the besy i could. We may disagree on the male thing but i do know how tired and exhausted a BF can get and feel for them.

    my points and issues are with doing things against the mothers wishes. it is not the nurses place to take it upon them self to decide for the patient if she should supplement or not. we can suggest it but never force it. that is the points i am tring to make.

    I hate to see a patient in tears for any reason but really can not stand it when it was caused by someone doing something against their wishes.

    everyone is intitled to their beliefs nurses as well as patients. and i am not trying to change ones view.

    I hope me asking the question about ever seeing a baby given a bottle and it affecting BF adversely was not taken in the wrong way. if it was I am sorry> I was just honestly asking a question
  5. by   mother/babyRN
    No one should EVER take the choice away! I agree 100 percent. And thanks for clarifying things guys.....

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