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any reason not to breast feed?

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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If a women is producing plenty of milk,and the baby eats just fine, is there any reason not to breast feed?
I'm asking this because of a conversation I had with my mom. I was a bottle fed baby, so it makes it really important to me that my son is breast fed. I think the fact I wasn't breast fed contributed to a lot of tthe issues I have had in life, as well as a complicated high risk pregnancy and being an extremley early baby with pnemonia.... those being the conditions, wouldn't breast feeding be ideal?
Well, I asked her why I wasn't breast fed, she said "well,you had colic...and the doctor told me no breast feeding, you had to be on soy."
I then asked if she didn't have the milk? Could she have cut out dairy? Other positions? She just said "he just told me no"
Is this just, or was her doctor right? I'm just curious, this was 22 years ago
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SadieJames
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Doctors are often woefully misinformed even now, and back then they really didnt know anything about bfing.  Also formula was a "magic" cure for everything.  My mom was told not to bf because I was too small, i was 6 lbs.  That was in 1985.  

Colic has nothing to do with bfing.  Colic is "we don't know why baby is crying!" 

Unfortunately, in the pre Internet days, a lot of women wouldn't know about dairy protein allergies, soy allergies, OAL/OS etc.  

SadieJames
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Breast isn't best when mom is on a medication that isn't compatible.  Those medications are mostly cancer drugs.  Almost everything else you can nurse on.  

siergomez
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM
It jusst seems so sadly counter productive now that I know what I do about breast feeding. My son was under 6 pounds and they've told me continuously to keep him formula fed, in pediactrics and in nicu. My LC gets some of the dirtiest looks when I. Tell her about my appointments.


Quoting SadieJames:

Doctors are often woefully misinformed even now, and back then they really didnt know anything about bfing.  Also formula was a "magic" cure for everything.  My mom was told not to bf because I was too small, i was 6 lbs.  That was in 1985.  

Colic has nothing to do with bfing.  Colic is "we don't know why baby is crying!" 

Unfortunately, in the pre Internet days, a lot of women wouldn't know about dairy protein allergies, soy allergies, OAL/OS etc.  


SadieJames
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I had dd at 36w0d and she was 5 1/2 lowest weight.  I EBF with a syringe feed after nursing of pumped milk.  People think I was crazy about it but I was dedicated! I have serious bowel issues I think are from formula and solids way way way early.  There is a picture of me eating mashed potatoes dated Oct 1.  I was born sep 4. : ( 

formula isn't the magical cure all.  If it were we would never have to have a NICU - just give every baby formula!

Quoting siergomez:

It jusst seems so sadly counter productive now that I know what I do about breast feeding. My son was under 6 pounds and they've told me continuously to keep him formula fed, in pediactrics and in nicu. My LC gets some of the dirtiest looks when I. Tell her about my appointments.


Quoting SadieJames:

Doctors are often woefully misinformed even now, and back then they really didnt know anything about bfing.  Also formula was a "magic" cure for everything.  My mom was told not to bf because I was too small, i was 6 lbs.  That was in 1985.  

Colic has nothing to do with bfing.  Colic is "we don't know why baby is crying!" 

Unfortunately, in the pre Internet days, a lot of women wouldn't know about dairy protein allergies, soy allergies, OAL/OS etc.  



justone_jen
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Go easy on your mom. Like mine, they were ignorant and trusted doctors, who we should all be able to trust. Unfortunately, doctors are generally ignorant about breastfeeding themselves, but instead of referring a patient to a specialist, they ignorantly and irresponsibly give advice.
MamaCeleste0722
by Celeste on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Yeah, my mom was told not to nurse my brother because he was "too big". He was wanting to nurse often, so my mom's doctor told her to quit nursing. My mom gets upset with me when I try to explain to her that it's normal for babies to want to nurse often. 

siergomez
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM
We were just discussing it. I was wondering if there was anything valid behind what he may have said.


Quoting justone_jen:

Go easy on your mom. Like mine, they were ignorant and trusted doctors, who we should all be able to trust. Unfortunately, doctors are generally ignorant about breastfeeding themselves, but instead of referring a patient to a specialist, they ignorantly and irresponsibly give advice.


siergomez
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:37 PM
That doesn't make any sense!! To me is sounds the same as "stop giving them fresh fruits and veggies and start on the happy meals"...


Quoting MamaCeleste0722:

Yeah, my mom was told not to nurse my brother because he was "too big". He was wanting to nurse often, so my mom's doctor told her to quit nursing. My mom gets upset with me when I try to explain to her that it's normal for babies to want to nurse often. 


maliya0608
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I think back then, many moms weren't as informed on breastfeeding as we can be now. My mom always tells me that if she knew even half as much about breastfeeding then as she knows now, she would have put more effort into breastfeeding my brother and I.

Not to mention the fact that so many drs in general know very little to nothing on breastfeeding.
siergomez
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM
My goodness.I wish I had been that determined. But they wouldn't let me feed my son for a few days no matter what I did... even then it was secondary. it was disheartening
I really think its the other way around though... hell, it cures diaper rash.


Quoting SadieJames:

I had dd at 36w0d and she was 5 1/2 lowest weight.  I EBF with a syringe feed after nursing of pumped milk.  People think I was crazy about it but I was dedicated! I have serious bowel issues I think are from formula and solids way way way early.  There is a picture of me eating mashed potatoes dated Oct 1.  I was born sep 4. : ( 

formula isn't the magical cure all.  If it were we would never have to have a NICU - just give every baby formula!

Quoting siergomez:

It jusst seems so sadly counter productive now that I know what I do about breast feeding. My son was under 6 pounds and they've told me continuously to keep him formula fed, in pediactrics and in nicu. My LC gets some of the dirtiest looks when I. Tell her about my appointments.





Quoting SadieJames:

Doctors are often woefully misinformed even now, and back then they really didnt know anything about bfing.  Also formula was a "magic" cure for everything.  My mom was told not to bf because I was too small, i was 6 lbs.  That was in 1985.  

Colic has nothing to do with bfing.  Colic is "we don't know why baby is crying!" 

Unfortunately, in the pre Internet days, a lot of women wouldn't know about dairy protein allergies, soy allergies, OAL/OS etc.  





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