Breastfeeding Question for L&D nurses - page 2

My pediatrician isn't very supportive of my bf efforts. From the beginning she has been trying to make me supplement with formula. DD is growing very well w/o any formula and I think she just doesn't... Read More

  1. by   htrn
    Get a new doc now!!!! If your baby is growing, gaining weight, peeing and pooping, then your baby is fine!!! I had a doc tell me I had to quit BFing my last child when he started me on zoloft (I have since found out that I could continue with the zoloft and nurse). It was a traumatic weaning even though she was 13 months old - I was still, BTW, nursing her 3 y/o brother!!!
    Anyway, she's 9 now, and I am still pissed!!!

    I will say that occasionally, we have a mom that needs to be 'pushed over' to bottle feeding. She refuses to nurse at all at night, has flat/inverted nipples, will tell us that she will feed the screaming/rooting baby when she gets done with her cigarette, pulls the baby off the breast every time it gets latched .... or someone who absolutely can't stand the thought of BFing, thinks it's disgusting, whatever, and has been coerced into 'trying' to nurse.

    We will occasionally give these moms PERMISSION to choose to formula feed, but we never tell a motivated mom that truely wants to nurse not to nurse. My aching back will attest to the fact that we do EVERYTHING we can to help moms and babies nurse.

    Sorry for the rant, GET A NEW DOC NOW, and nurse your child for as long as you both want to. Good Luck.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Nice, oh so nice, to see how many nurses here are PRO-breastfeeding. As you can see, none us responding here are "Pro-formula" and I can assure you, no one I know is getting the goodies which you describe. When the formula reps do come to our hospital to speak, I take care to listen, cause there are a number of our moms who DO choose to bottlefeed for whatever reason. BUT I do NOT take their freebie with me, and eat their food---matter of principle to me. NOR do I wear any tags or the like that advertise formula, anyplace on my body. I got a namebadge holder once, but removed the referral to the formula right off of it. It's just a blank tag on my shirt I wear now.

    It's great to see so many health care professionals here who are pro-bf'ing and are ready and willing to guide new moms in the same direction. It really is a gift we give our babies, to breastfeed, for as long as our family lifestyles do permit. I tell new moms this all the time. Each day you breastfeed, is a gift you are giving your baby.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 20, '06
  3. by   Altalorraine
    Quote from Falon
    When I was in the hospital I found the nurses to be really helpful and they did not try to interfere with my bf efforts at all. Rather it was the CNA's (no offense I was once a CNA too) who kept telling me to send my baby to the nursery and to give her formula because she was "hungry" when there were no nurses around.
    Let me start by saying that I have no idea who your CNAs were, but I've noticed something similar with a lot of older African-American women, including grandmas and great-aunts, who tend to be very concerned that the baby is "hungry" (including the unborn and the newly born). I think it is a cultural expression of love and concern and maybe anxiety coupled with a lack of information about what a newborn infant needs in terms of nutrition. I try to educate where I can.

    Altalorraine
  4. by   GulfCoastGal
    Absolutely NOT happening on my unit. And also not happening in the last hospital I worked in. I live in a large metro area though, and maybe rural hospitals are different.

    I also think geographical location can play a part in breastfeeding. Parts of the U.S. have much higher rates of breastfeeding than others.

    The formula reps do come in sometimes, but it not a big deal. She's not trying to talk to the nurses. She comes in, talks to the nursery nurse, and isn't there too long. There are not tons of formula company frrebies floating around my unit, although a few nurses have stethoscope ID tags I have noticed.

    They DON'T bring us food, gifts, etc. There are NO prizes for nurses to collect formula lids. That quote from ProMOM, while good intentioned, is NOT accurate. Maybe there are places this happens, but not around here.

    There are nurses who are more BF friendly than others on my unit. I have BF all my own chldren, and am very supportive of it. Heck, I even get out the nipple shields for moms with flat/ inverted nipples. I teach them how to use it if lactation is not there at that moment. I help them supplement at the breast with a syringe and a feeding tube placed in the corner of the baby's mouth if they need it. And my back also attests that I have spenty many hours hunched over moms/ babies helping them learn to BF.

    About your Ped: There are a lot of them out there who are NOT supportive of BF. We had to go through 4 before we found one. One even said he thought my baby was "allergic" to my milk, when in fact, it was milk oversupply/ forceful letdown, so baby had loose stools and lots of gas. He never even suggested a lactation consultant.

    Hang in there and know that this behavior is not the norm in hospitals. More and more nurses and hospitals are promoting BF in the last decade, and I expect that to continue to rise as we discover more of the health benefits of breast milk in the years to come.

    Call offices first and see if you can have a phone consult, and ask them about BF. Find a doc who BF her kids. Or a husband whose wife BF their kids. Ask them how they support BF moms, and how long they recommend BF.

    Good Luck!
  5. by   rbytsdy
    doctors and hospitals routinely send personal information about pregnant women to the formula companies so that direct mail advertisements can be directed to them. this can have tragic results. as the mothers of stillborn babies continue to receive cases of formula in the mail for months after they have buried their children.
    when i was pg with my first baby, my sil and i thought it would be fun to go to babies r us and look around when i was about 10 weeks pg. i decided to register my info and slowly decide what i wanted to put on my registry. apparently, that info goes right to the formula companies. i lost my baby 2 weeks later. starting several months before my first baby was due, i got similac samples in the mail. i tried to get off the list but it didn’t work. the samples and coupons kept coming. i was so upset and pissed. i think that only cemented my decision to bf when i eventually had my dd. my dd only had a little formula here and there if i was away and couldn’t pump enough but she never, ever had similac!!!

    i have a good friend that had a baby 2 days before me at the same hospital. she bf and ff. when i went to visit her, i couldn’t believe the dozens of formula samples she had from the hospital. they loaded her up. i didn’t even realize that the hospital gave out free formula! i never asked about it and was never offered.
  6. by   Gompers
    Quote from MissJoRN
    I actually can't seen to even get a new Enfamil steth tag. I had covered the logo with matching flower stickers and my peds pts loved the bunny. One used to sign "bunny" whenever it was time for assessment. After my steth was stolen she would sign "where bunny?" I was more angry about that tag being stolen than the expensive scope! I guess if I still did couplet care I might get one but even 4 years ago there was a decline in the rep visits. I honestly think the last time I talked to reps was when they started adding ARA/DHA! When I had my baby even the aide was a great BF supporter/teacher (but my baby was the best) I did get a diaper bag but they've become rather discreet, too. 3 cans mailed from Similac went right to the food pantry box 2 given from Enfamil went to a friend. Oh and one of my peds is a very experienced nurser! Everyone there says Oh, good! You're breastfeeding.
    We rarely see formula reps in the hospital anymore. The last time we did, it was when we switched from Similac to Enfamil and the rep was doing quick inservice on the different types of formula. We're in the NICU so we give just about every type they make and we needed to know what was comparable to what we used before, you know?

    I've found the only place where we get things like pens and badge holders is when you go to nursing conferences. They always seem to have one formula rep or another at each big event with tons of free stuff. And no, just because they give away goodies doesn't mean that I'm going to recommend their product to parents - it just means I like to get free stuff!

    We still give out formula bags at work, but there are two types - formula-feeding support and breast-feeding support. The formula bags do have a large can of formula in them with coupons for more, while the breast bags have things like little insulated bags with freezer packs and breast milk storage containers. I think there might be a sample of formula in there - but I believe it's tiny, like a couple of the single-serving powder packets.

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