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 approve of bf. We went in for the baby's two month appt today and the pediatrician had no complaints about her growth but she did ask me what formula was I giving her. She looked very surprised when I said none at all and she actually said "Your STILL bf?" Uh yes I am...she is only 2months old!
I am looking for a new pediatrician of course.
Anyway I am not making this post to toot my own horn or knock anyone who does not breastfeed. Rather I was doing some Internet research and I came across this statment in regards to nurses and doctors practices in regard to breastfeeding and I want to know if any of you experienced ob/gyn nurses have witnessed this. 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.
Thanks in advance!
BTW, this is from the ProMom website.
Doctors and nurses charged with the care of post-partum women and their newborns are showered with gifts, including a full year's supply of free formula to any nurse or doctor with a new baby. This is a particularly brilliant marketing gimmick, since this greatly increases the chances that the nurses' and doctors' children will be formula-fed and a health care professional who has formula-fed his or her own children is hardly going to be able educate his or her patients about the dangers of artificial feeding.
Another gimmick is a contest with valuable prizes -- run by a formula company -- to see which of the nurses in the post-partum ward can collect the most formula can tops. Obviously, this puts the nurses' interest (to win the contest, she must have more patients who feed formula and do not breastfeed) directly in conflict with the health interests of his or her patients.
Formula advertising directed to parents is rampant in hospitals and doctors' offices on prescription pads, pens, growth charts, pamphlets and posters. 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. Those formula companies that have been unable to penetrate the medical community as effectively, such as Nestle-Carnation and Gerber, advertise their products directly to the public on TV shows directed at new parents and in parenting magazines such as "Parents," "Child," "American Baby," and "Parenting," again, all in violation of the WHO Code.
Oct 20, '06
Sorry your ped is an a$$. I've never heard of one discouraging bfing but I'm sure they're out there.
I have never heard of all that free stuff for nurses either. And me and my non nurse friends have never recieved free cases of formula after we had our babies.I feel cheated!! (joking!)
Last edit by dawngloves on Oct 20, '06