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How to find out that your doctor does not support breastfeeding.
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC Translated from French by Elena Volkova, All health care professionals say they support breastfeeding. But many people support it only when this happens successfully, and some do not support it at all. As soon as a young mother has problems with breastfeeding, or something goes wrong in her life, too many experts recommend weaning or the introduction of an additional feed. Here is an incomplete list of signs that will allow you to determine whether a breastfeeding specialist supports or not, or at least help you understand how much he or she is ready to do everything necessary to help you continue breastfeeding if you have problems. 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 from manufacturers of baby food. These samples or materials call for the use of the advertised product; this distribution is called marketing. There is no evidence that a brand is better or worse than another for a particular child. All information (including video production) accompanying the samples imperceptibly, and sometimes noticeably, reduces breastfeeding and exalts the mixture. If you do not believe, ask yourself a question, why do baby-food manufacturers try by any means to involve doctors and hospitals to distribute samples of their products, and not other manufacturers? And why does this doctor not promote breastfeeding? 2. He (she) tells you that breastfeeding and bottle feeding are practically the same thing. Most of the bottle fed babies develop harmoniously and have good health; in turn, breastfed babies are not protected from health problems. But this does not mean that breast milk and artificial formula are equal. Mixes for babies are just a rough likeness of the knowledge about breast milk that we received many years ago, this is a rough similarity to what we find today and that we admire more and more. Their differences have important health effects. Some components of breast milk are absent in mixtures, although their importance to the baby has long been known to us. For example, antibodies and cells that protect the child from infections, long-chain unsaturated fatty acids, are necessary for optimal development of the child’s brain and vision. Breastfeeding is not the same as bottle feeding, it is a completely different process. If you could not breastfeed, this is a misfortune (although in most cases problems could have been avoided), but to declare that it is not important is to show leniency, and this is fundamentally wrong. To grow up happy, healthy and well protected, the child needs not only breastfeeding, but, without a doubt, breastfeeding is an advantage. 3. He (she) tells you that it is the formula for brand X babies that is the best. This means, in general, that he (she) is under the undue influence of a representative of a company that produces this mixture. It may also mean that his (her) own children tolerated this mixture better than another. This means that he (she) has unfounded prejudices. 4. He (she) tells you that there is no need to put the baby on the breast immediately after birth, because you get tired (tired), and the child still does not really want to suck. Maybe not necessary, but it is very useful. Newborns may suck while the mother is lying, or even when she is sleeping, although most mothers do not feel like sleeping at such a 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 in an hour or two after birth, and this is the most advantageous moment for a good start, but you can skip it if the mother and child are separated. If it starts to seem to you that weighing, burying the eyes and injecting vitamin K are much more important than being able to start breastfeeding well, you should think about whether someone supports breastfeeding? 5. He (she) tells you that there is no difference between the breast and the nipple and that you should offer the bottle to your baby as soon as possible - to make sure the baby accepts it. Why should you use the bottle as early as possible if there is no difference between the breast and the nipple? To declare that, from a scientific point of view, the problem of nipple confusion does not exist - it is the same as putting a cart before a horse.
This nipple, which no mammal, except man, has ever used, and which man himself began to use only from the end of the 19th century, must prove his harmlessness. But this harmlessness regarding breastfeeding has not been proven. Experts who claim that the nipples are harmless, lead to believe that the physiologically normal method of feeding an infant is bottle feeding, and not breastfeeding. The fact that most babies did not have problems sucking their breasts after nipples does not guarantee that their early use will not lead to problems in some children. Often it is a combination of factors, one of which is the use of the nipple that causes problems. 6. He (she) tells you that you must stop breastfeeding because you are sick, or your child is sick, or you will take medicine, or you are about to undergo a medical examination. There are very few situations in which breastfeeding is impossible, and experts often make mistakes in assuming that the mother cannot continue breastfeeding. A breastfeeding specialist will look for ways to maintain continuous breastfeeding (information from the Pharmacists Guide is not a good reference: all medicines are incompatible with breastfeeding because the pharmaceutical companies are more concerned about their possible responsibility than about the interests of mothers and children). When the 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 discontinuation of breastfeeding). It is extremely rare that there is only one drug for the treatment of a disease. If the doctor immediately chooses a drug for you, the reception of which implies the interruption of breastfeeding, you have the right to worry that he (she) does not really think about the importance of breastfeeding 7. He (she) is surprised (a) when he finds out that your six-month-old child still breastfeeding. Many experts believe that children should be fed breast milk substitutes for at least 9 months and even up to 1 year, but at the same time they think that breast milk and breastfeeding are not needed and even harmful after 6 months. Why is artificial better than natural? Think what is behind this statement. In most parts of our planet, breastfeeding for up to 2 or 3 years is common and normal. 8. He (she) tells you that mother's milk does not satisfy the nutritional needs of a child over 6 months old. Even if that were true, breastfeeding is still important. Breastfeeding is a unique interaction of two people who love each other, even if there is no milk. But this is not true. Breast 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 this to you knows nothing about breastfeeding. 9. He (she) tells you that you should never let your child fall asleep at the breast. Why not? It is good if the baby can also fall asleep without a breast, but one of the advantages of breastfeeding is precisely to have a means to put to sleep your tired baby. All the mothers of the world, from the time of the first mammals, acted in this way. One of the great pleasures of motherhood is to keep the child asleep in her arms, feeling the peace that encompasses him with the arrival of sleep. When a baby falls asleep at the breast, it is a mutual pleasure. 10. He (she) tells you that you do not have to stay in the hospital to feed a sick child, because it is important for you to rest at home. It is important that you rest, and the hospital that supports breastfeeding will arrange everything so that you can rest while continuing to feed your baby. Sick children need breast milk as much as they need it even more than healthy ones. 11. He (she) is not trying to find help for you if you have difficulties with breastfeeding. Most of the difficulties with breastfeeding can be overcome, and most often the solution is not at all in the administration of the mixture. Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals, especially doctors, and among them - especially pediatricians, do not know exactly how to help. But help can be found. Insist to get her. It is true that "in order to be a good mother, it is not necessary to breastfeed," but this is not a solution to the problem of breastfeeding.
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