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How to find out that your doctor does not support breastfeeding.
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC Translated from the French by Elena Volkova, All health professionals say they support breastfeeding. But many support it only when it happens successfully, and some do not support at all. As soon as a young mother has problems with breastfeeding, or something goes wrong in her life, too many experts recommend the excommunication or the introduction of complementary foods. Here is a partial list of symptoms that will allow you to determine whether or not a breastfeeding specialist supports or at least helps to understand how much he or she is willing to do whatever is necessary to help you continue breastfeeding if problems arise. How to find out that a specialist does not support breastfeeding:
1. He (she) offers you during pregnancy or after the birth of a child samples of infant formulas or materials of the manufacturers of baby food. These samples or materials call for the use of the advertised product; such a spread is called marketing. There is no evidence that any brand is better or worse than another, for a particular child. All information (including video products) accompanying the samples, imperceptibly, and sometimes noticeably, lowers breastfeeding and magnifies the mixture. If you do not believe, ask yourself the question, why do manufacturers of baby food try to involve doctors and hospitals in any way by distributing samples of their products, not other manufacturers? And why is this doctor not promoting breastfeeding? 2. He (she) tells you that breastfeeding and bottle feeding are almost the same thing. Most of the children who are fed from the bottle develop harmoniously and have good health; in turn, babies who are breastfed are not protected from health problems. But this does not mean that mother's milk and artificial mixture are equal. Infant mixtures are just a crude resemblance to the knowledge of breast milk that we received many years ago, this rough similarity to what we discover today and that we admire more and more. Their differences have important health consequences. Some components of mother's milk are absent in the mixtures, although we have known their importance for the child for a long time. For example, antibodies and cells that protect the child from infections, long-chain unsaturated fatty acids, necessary for optimal brain development and child's vision. Breastfeeding is not the same as feeding from a bottle, it's a completely different process. If you could not breastfeed, this is a misfortune (although in most cases problems could have been avoided), but to say that it is not important means to be lenient, and this is fundamentally wrong. To grow up happy, healthy and well protected, a child needs not only breastfeeding, but, no doubt, breastfeeding is an advantage. 3. He (she) tells you that it is the mixture for infants of brand X that is the best. This means in general that he (she) is under the undue influence of a representative of a firm that produces this mixture. This can also mean that his (her) own children have tolerated this mixture better than the other. This means that he (she) has unreasonable prejudices. 4. He (she) tells you that there is no need to put the baby to the breast immediately after birth, because you will be tired (tired), and the child still does not really want to suck. Maybe it's not necessary, but it's very useful. Newborns can suck while their mother is lying, or even when she is sleeping, although most mothers do not feel like sleeping at a similar moment. Newborns do not always show their interest in sucking right away, but this is not a reason to stop them from showing it. Most babies suck breast within an hour or two after birth, and this is the most advantageous time for a good start, but it can be missed if the mother and child are separated. If you begin to feel that weighing, burying your eyes and injecting vitamin K is more important than being able to start breastfeeding well, you should think about whether somebody really supports breastfeeding. 5. He (she) tells you that there is no difference between the breast and the nipple and that you have to offer the bottle to your baby as soon as possible - to make sure that the baby will take it. Why should you use the bottle as early as possible, if there is no difference between the breast and the nipple? To state that, from a scientific point of view, the problem of nipple confusion does not exist - it's like putting a cart in front of a horse.
This is a nipple, which no mammal, except man, never used, and which the man himself began to use only from the end of the XIX century, must prove its harmlessness. But this harmlessness with respect to breastfeeding has not been proven. Specialists who claim that the nipples are harmless, are forced to believe that a physiologically normal method of feeding a baby is feeding from a bottle, rather than breastfeeding. The fact that most babies had no problems with suckling after a nipple does not guarantee that their early use will not lead to problems for some children. Often it is the combination of factors, one of which is the use of the nipple, which causes problems. 6. He / she tells you that you should stop breastfeeding because you are sick or your child is sick, or you will take medications, or are going to undergo a medical examination. There are very few situations in which breastfeeding is impossible, and experts often make mistakes, suggesting that the mother can not continue breastfeeding. A specialist who supports breastfeeding will look for ways to maintain continuous breastfeeding (the information in the Handbook for Pharmacists is not a good reference: in it all drugs are incompatible with breastfeeding, because pharmaceutical companies are more concerned about their possible responsibility, and not on the interests of mothers and children). When a mother needs a medicine, the doctor will try to prescribe a drug that is compatible with breastfeeding (in fact, there are very few drugs that require the cessation of breastfeeding). Extremely rare situation occurs when for the treatment of a disease there is only one drug. If the doctor immediately chose a drug for you, which means interrupting breastfeeding, you may be worried that he (she) does not really think about the importance of breastfeeding. 7. He (she) is surprised to learn that your six-month-old baby still on breastfeeding. Many experts believe that children should be fed with breast milk substitutes, at least up to 9 months and even up to 1 year, but at the same time they think that mother's milk and breast-feeding are not needed and even harmful after 6 months. Why is artificial better than natural? Think about what is behind this statement. In most of our planet, breastfeeding until 2 or 3 years old is common and normal. 8. He (she) tells you that breast milk does not meet the nutritional needs of a child older than 6 months. Even if it were true, breastfeeding is still important. Breastfeeding is a unique interaction between two people who love each other, even if there is no milk. But this is not true. Maternal milk always contains lipids, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, as well as antibodies and other elements that protect the baby from infections, some components are present in milk even in large quantities than before when the baby was younger. Anyone who dares to say such things to you, does not know anything about breastfeeding. 9. He (she) tells you that you should never allow your child to fall asleep at the breast. Why not? It's good if the baby can also fall asleep without breast, but one of the benefits of breastfeeding is just to have the means to put your tired baby to sleep. All mothers of the world, since the time of the first mammals, acted in this way. One of the great pleasures of motherhood is to keep the sleeping child in her arms, feeling the peace that embraces him with the advent of sleep. When the baby falls asleep at the chest - this is a mutual pleasure. 10. He (she) tells you that you should not stay in the hospital to feed a sick child, because it's important for you to relax at home. It is important that you rested, and the hospital, which supports breastfeeding, will arrange everything so that you can rest while continuing to feed your baby. Sick children no less need breast milk, they need it even more than healthy. 11. He (she) does not try to find help for you if you have difficulties with breastfeeding. Most difficulties with breastfeeding can be overcome, and most often the solution is not at all in the administration of the mixture. Unfortunately, many health workers, especially doctors, among them - especially pediatricians, do not know exactly how to help. But help can be found. Insist to get it. It's true that "in order to be a good mother, you do not need to breastfeed," but this is not a solution to the problem of breastfeeding.
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