"Third Trimester Packet" from my doctor's office
There are always posts of how uninformed and unsupportive doctors are about breastfeeding. There are doctors offices and hospitals pushing formula. I just want to say that not EVERY doctor and office is like this!!
I just went to my 27 week (6 month) prenatal checkup where they handed me a third trimester packet with information to read. I'm on my second pregnancy (nursed my first until 23 months) and I was curious as to what was in it. With my last pregnancy, they just gave out a couple of pamphlets and a "breastfeeding" bag, which was pretty much the formula package without the formula included.
Well, in the package, along with the typical baby blues and circumcision information, they had 4 (yes, four!) different pamphlets and printouts in regards to breastfeeding. And every one had up-to-date information on it. It cited typical newborn nursing behavior, as well as the times when growth spurts occur -- assuring you that if your baby nurses more frequently to not think you don't have enough milk! It encourages nursing on demand. It also encourages mothers to breastfeed exclusively until six months, and to nurse until at least one year per aap guidelines. One shocking line in it said "Breastmilk is the best nutrition for babies. Babies should get only breastmilk -- no formula, water, or foods -- until six months of age." I have never seen the formula added in there along with the food and water. (I'm not demonizing formula, as there are medical reasons to use it). It had a printout on how to successfully breastfeed while working full-time!!
It just shocked me that these pamphlets and printouts had really good accurate information!! Goodbye formula bags, hello real information! Just thought I'd share. Not all doctors out there are trying to push the formula :)