I recently read a discussion by a pretty famous paediatrician who now basically specialises in breastfeeding. In the discussion he said
Pretty scary right? Especially considering when things go wrong they are usually the people we turn to. And it made me think about all the times during my 7 months with DD where had it not been for my knowledge (much of it thanks to the hub) and determination, I could have just given up and put the bottle in my DDs mouth.xxxx, you didn't know that doctors learn nothing about breastfeeding in medical school or in their postgraduate training? Here's what I learned in medical school. At our single one hour lecture on infant feeding, the pediatrician started out by saying and this is true, "Breast is best because the milk always comes out at the right temperature and comes out in such cute containers. Now let me tell you about formula". It hasn't changed that much.
I have chronic low supply and when I went to the doctors they gave me some motillium (at my request) and said that if it didn't work my only option was to give up. Nobody asked about my health, not once. And yet there was recently a study done on post partum mothers that something like 1 in 10 women have thyroid issues after having a baby. Low thyroid production causes low milk supply. And yet nobody has ever asked or suggested I get my thyroid tested. Not.once. And its not like I just see one failing doctor. When my DD was diagnosed with silent reflux I went to several doctors to try and get losec and a referral to a paed. Why several? Because all of them advised that I give up the breast and give her formula instead
It just makes me so mad and sad. Anyone else find they are being failed?