To be irritated by acupuncturist telling me miscarriages are due to breastfeeding?

(51 Posts)
Pinkandwhite Sun 13-Nov-16 21:12:00

I breastfed my daughter for 2 years before stopping very recently. I have had 2 miscarriages in the past 5 months. When I went to see an acupuncturist about this, he blamed the losses on the fact that I breastfed for so long. I feel irritated by this because I can't find any evidence that this could be the case. Does anyone know if extended breastfeeding can lead to major nutritional deficiencies and would you be annoyed at being told this? Thanks in advance for any replies.

lozengeoflove Sun 13-Nov-16 21:13:18

Errrr say what now? Sounds like he was talking out of his arse.

PoldarksBreeches Sun 13-Nov-16 21:14:02

He's an acupuncturist. Do acupuncturists have medical qualifications?!

Belleende Sun 13-Nov-16 21:14:43

And you let this person stick needles in you? I think you should complain loudly to his practice and professional body

Chippednailvarnishing Sun 13-Nov-16 21:15:49

2 years isn't extended breastfeeding in my book.

He sounds full of it.

Cosmicglitterghoul Sun 13-Nov-16 21:16:17

It's absolute bollocks.

sofatrainer Sun 13-Nov-16 21:18:49

Whilst it was rather a stupid thing to say it's possible that as you were breastfeeding your hormone levels, particularly your progesterone may not have been at optimal levels to sustain a pregnancy. Stopping feeding should give your body a chance to get the levels back to normal. I'm sorry about your miscarriages, I've been there.

StarCrossdSkys Sun 13-Nov-16 21:18:55

Alternative therapists say all sorts of things for which there is no evidence. People go because they offer some answers where there have previously been none.

If it helps you, great. If it doesn't then find another therapist or stick to conventional medicine.

QueenArseClangers Sun 13-Nov-16 21:19:09

He's talking absolute shite.
So sorry for your losses flowers
I've breastfed through 2 of my pregnancies and tandem fed two children too.
As stated up thread: 2 years isn't really extended bfing.
What an arsehole he is to cause you so much worry.

Mouikey Sun 13-Nov-16 21:19:33

Wow - that would explain the 2 miscarriages I had before getting pregnant with my first then!!! hmm

Agree-total bollox.

TheProblemOfSusan Sun 13-Nov-16 21:21:27

He should absolutely NOT be giving out medical advice. Completely talking out of his arse.

I know the peer-reviewed evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture is mixed so I'm not saying it's not something that might work for you, BUT...

A lot of complementary therapy practitioners, regardless of whether their actual thing is reasonable or not, are full of woo bullshit and are stringing together half-baked theories and parading around as medical advice. It's not, it's bollocks, and it shouldn't be encouraged. If he works for a company, complain, and review him on a suitable site (I dunno, Treatwell or something).

What an incredibly hurtful and arse-filled thing to say to you. You didn't do ANYTHING to encourage miscarriages, they were absolutely not your fault.

Pinkandwhite Sun 13-Nov-16 21:23:54

He also talked about how I had 'failed' with the pregnancies. I'm feeling pretty upset by the whole thing.

Trifleorbust Sun 13-Nov-16 21:27:20

Absolutely bizarre behaviour. Why is he even commenting on these issues? Complain and get someone else.

BoredOfBrexit Sun 13-Nov-16 21:28:09

Sofa trainer is correct. Historically women have relied on breadt feeding to prevent pregnancy. Not a terribly reliable method but does suppress certain hormones. Think though that your alternative practitioner needs some diplomacy and sensitivity training.

Rrross1ges Sun 13-Nov-16 21:29:18

He shouldn't be practicing. Please complain. One of my friends trains acupuncturists and would squash this guy like a bug.

TallulahTheTiger Sun 13-Nov-16 21:34:56

Fucking arsehole how dare he- am actually hissing with rage to extent DH has asked what's wrong (he agrees) please complain to the practice/any professional body he is with. Ducking twat!!

Velvetdarkness Sun 13-Nov-16 21:34:59

There's no link between breastfeeding and miscarriages.
Make a complaint about him. That's dreadful.

TallulahTheTiger Sun 13-Nov-16 21:35:33

fucking stabby rage fingers cant type.

TallulahTheTiger Sun 13-Nov-16 21:39:42

So am guessing the 3 women in my family who got pregant while bf- DSis and cousins x2 are anomalies then? OP incandescent with rage on your behalf and anyone else this dick dispenses advice to!

TallulahTheTiger Sun 13-Nov-16 21:41:24

www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-regulation-updates/statutory-regulation.html Here contact them

ThinkOfTheMice Sun 13-Nov-16 21:44:44

He's an acupuncturist. Thus a quack.

Stop seeing him, complain to his 'professional' body.

Very sorry for your losses. Most are alas just chance - a roll of the genetic dice that hasn't quite worked. Most people who have a couple of miscarriages go on to have healthy babies and the fact you have dd is in your favour. After three, the nhs will investigate. Nothing you did or didn't do.

Good luck. Complain then put this idiot out of your mind and concentrate on healing.

ghostyslovesheets Sun 13-Nov-16 21:46:39

he has ZERO medical training or specific knowledge on MC's - tell him to get to fuck - bloody quacks

dybil Sun 13-Nov-16 21:46:40

You were going to an alternative medicine practitioner, don't expect scientific advice.

Reasonable to be upset by it, of course.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 13-Nov-16 21:59:49

He/she is a fucking idiot. That's all I can say.
Women can't win. The professionals try to persuade force you into breastfeeding talking about the benefits ect, and then you have lunartics making up crack pot remarks like that. A miscarriage is tortuous and guilt consuming enough with an idiot saying Its something you did. angry X 1000,000

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