yep that was no typo---- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is all we have w/our lactation consultant. And you can clearly see how tough it for us nurses to help w/severe problems during our night/weekend shifts.
And yes, we all have differing advice and sometimes, if you look at it the right way, it is not a bad thing. Sometimes, it takes differing solutions to solve complex problems, and Waggy, NO ONE has the ONE answer to all. No one was trying to confuse you, I am sure, but was trying different ways to help you. That you had such horrible problems, I truly regret. Many of us NON LC specialty nurses do attend lactation classes and learn all we can but---- we are limited by some things.
Time : many of us are caring for multiple couplets or labor patient also. It is not fair, but it is a fact on a labor/pp floor. They expect us to wear many hats and helping with breastfeeding issues is certainly important, but just one of our roles. Also a limitation: Sufficient education and preparation (or lack thereof): I have personally attended lactation conferences/classes put on by the WHO and our consultants, but still lack their specialized knowledge to help in every situation. I usually end up calling our local LLL leader on weekends for help if I can...either that, or I refer these poor, beleaguerd mommies to them and their advice.
We labor/pp RN's honestly do the best we can w/breastfeeding issues, given our workloads and time constraints. I have worked for HOURS, in every attempt to get a newborn latched on properly and nursing well. I have the backaches to prove that! That we all have differing approaches reflects our varying educational experiences and personal experiences, like any other area of life. Try to think of it that way. I wish you well.