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Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 14:51:14

Quick query, we went to the weighing/ health visitor / surestart clinic today (12 lb 12 oz at 7 1/2 weeks ) but I was a bit confused I got asked to demonstrate my breast feeding. I didn't ( still using pillows to support her and she'd just fed before we got there) and they were pretty grumpy about it. Anyone else had this?

bamboostalks Thu 06-Jan-11 14:52:53

How bizarre! That is a good weight. What do they want to see....your special recipe?

EauRouge Thu 06-Jan-11 14:54:09

How odd! What do they expect to be able to tell by watching you BF? confused

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 14:55:37

Not sure. She's feeding ok and growing well so I can't see what the problem might be. Just thought I'd see if anyone else had had a similar request

crikeybadger Thu 06-Jan-11 14:56:03

Perhaps given your DDs fantastic weight gain, they were looking for tips on how it's done. smile

Can't see why you'd need to demonstrate given there are no probs presumably.

tiktok Thu 06-Jan-11 14:56:07



LOL about the special recipe

ethelina Thu 06-Jan-11 14:57:39

Could it have been a badly worded prelude to asking if you would be happy to show other new mothers and pregnant ladies how you are doing it as your dd is obviously doing very well?

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 14:59:09

badger I like that as the answer!

Any 'special recipe' can only be down to high chocolate consumption

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 15:01:07

ethelina I suppose it could have been. Weird request for a drop in weighing clinic tho

ethelina Thu 06-Jan-11 15:01:50

Very. I wouldnt have been pleased.

MoonUnitAlpha Thu 06-Jan-11 15:10:33

Maybe they didn't believe you were breastfeeding!

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 15:20:28

MUA I suppose it could be.
Still a bit odd tho, are they expecting to see all the bf mums 'in action' ?

ethelina Thu 06-Jan-11 15:22:42

See, this kind of idiocy is why I've never gone to weighing clinic.

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 15:28:25

I haven't been for three weeks and they rang this morning to check I was taking her today

MoonUnitAlpha Thu 06-Jan-11 15:35:48

What? Even that is pretty weird - it even says in the red book not to weight them more than once a month at most hmm

stickersarecurrency Thu 06-Jan-11 15:37:14

I feel very lucky. DD was weighed at her 8 week check. I went to the clinic a month later about something else and the HV said "You don't want her weighed do you? She looks fine.". That was 3 weeks ago, and I've not seen hide nor hair of her since. But I know she's there if I've got a problem. Just the way I like it grin

OP, go back next week and take biscuits and a magazine. Then you can make yourself comfy and demonstrate a real live feed in its entirety. Is it a busy clinic? wink

ethelina Thu 06-Jan-11 15:45:18

haha stickers bloody good idea. If you do it Mibby I would pay good money to join you smile

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 15:47:07

Does it MUA? Shes my first, Im still working out what im 'supposed' to do. Shan't bother going next week then

Stickers its usually pretty busy. If I go in a couple of weeks and do a whole feed there d'you think they'd make me a cuppa half way through? Her feeds are normally pretty long

stickersarecurrency Thu 06-Jan-11 15:48:21

Take a flask grin

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 15:52:44

For some of them, I could take a picnic

MoonUnitAlpha Thu 06-Jan-11 15:56:04

At the back of the red book where the growth charts are - says "weighing your baby too often may cause unnecessary concern"

Babies 2 weeks - 6 months should be weighed no more than once a month. "Most children will not need to be weighed as often as this"

Mibby Thu 06-Jan-11 16:52:54

Thanks MUA

porcamiseria Fri 07-Jan-11 21:49:50

how very weird, I'd tell them to sod off TBH. say you want to know wnhy they want to see you feed, baby is fine so whats the issue???


thisisyesterday Fri 07-Jan-11 21:54:04

did you not ask why they wanted you to Mibby?

thisisyesterday Fri 07-Jan-11 21:56:42

they sound a bit over-zealous. they rang to check you'd be taking her?

i'd have pointed out that it isn't compulsory and if you want to get her weighed you will. otherwise could they not ring again

ds2 and ds3 were weighed at their 6 week checks and then never again! i didn't even hear from an HV about it! lol

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