Just been to walk-in centre for ds's nappy rash (suspected thrush... aye), was told by nurse I should be feeding him every 3 hours, and by the doctor that I should give him a bottle to help him sleep
Now, the hv that visited last week was fab (and gave me practical advice to help him go longer) and the woman in the pharmacy said we looked 'beautiful', ds feeding in the sling but it's so hit and miss. Last time I stopped bf at 3 weeks when the feeding (mixed but mainly bf) was actually fine, I think because I thought I was doing something wrong in dd wanting to feed a lot (which ff did nothing to change and no, she didn't sleep better either).
This time, I am better equipped and informed (thanks mainly to mumsnet - and kellymom etc) and know that it's ok for ds to want to suck for food/building supply/to get to sleep or comfort (espesh if his bum is hurting, poor thing!).
nope, completely unprompted! I just muttered something vague and breezy about 'oh, well i am sure it's for comfort too' and whipped my boob out (to prove the point - ie he stopped crying ) - i just went 'hmmmmm' to the dr...
DS fed every 2 hours until about 6 months, when he still consumed something every two hours, it's just it was sometimes solid and sometimes bf! He is now 2 and still a snacker - it's just temperamental I guess.
Unless they have a good, evidence-based reason about why your actions might be harming your child IGNORE any advice that you don't want.
I can't believe health professionals say stuff like this! Give him a bottle to help him sleep!!!! Of course its OK for your ds to suck for food/supply/comfort/sleep ... that's what babies do and what every other animal in the animal kingdom does! It's just a shame that we are so distant to what is natural now. Keep going, trust your instincts and enjoy!
I've heard so many things like this from various health professionals, and mums I meet at our breastfeeding group all have as well. As you say, is it any wonder that new mums give up before they really want to, when they're getting this sort of 'advice'?
Oh, just remembered, the nurse also asked if he had diarrhoea (WTF he is exclusively bf and 3 weeks old?!) and told me to give him cooled boiled water to wash milk away from tongue... haven't heard this before, thought bm was enough?
The only sane thing I can imagine she meant is "as a one-off, give him cooled boiled water to wash milk away from tongue soyoucancheckforthrushspots". But I have a nasty suspicion that's not what she was on about.
Your PCT, the patient involvement dept (sometimes called PALS). Or they may have a breastfeeding coordinator - where abouts are you? Just point out that the advice contradicted the NHS's own advice and the WHO & Unicef's baby friendly initiative. Can find links if you like.