Joshua B. on Citysearch
10 years ago
04/30/2012, 04:38 AM
Breast Feeding not supported by this office. – My wife and I just had our first child last Monday. We went to our appointment the day after we were released from the Hospital. The hospital had released us the day before with no concerns about weight loss in our son. During our appt. they told us that he had lost 10 % of his body weight and that they were concerned about this. They then started their offensive to convince us to supplement his feeding with formula. I explained that this was not something we wanted to do since it would sabotage our goal of breast feeding, which is what is proven best for our son. At this point the Dr. said ok, but if you don't supplement we may have to put him back in the hospital. She said this more like a threat to make me conform out of fear rather than as a concerned Doctor wanting to make sure I knew the possible outcomes. They made us set up an appt to come back for a weight check the next day.
I did my homework and what I read and everyone I talked to said that 10% was a standard that children lose in that first few days after birth especially if the mother received fluids during labor because this raises the babies birth weight.
I went back the next day educated on the matter. They weighed my child and told us he had lost 2 more ounces and then started their attempt AGAIN at persuading us to supplement his feeding with formula. I shared the information I had read up on at which point the pediatrician who saw us (which was a different one from the day before) explained that she is a trained Lactation Consultant, and she understands our overall goal but that she wants what is best for our child. (Like I don't). She then continued by giving us some ideas like supplement his feeding with breast milk, but then did everything in her power to put a container of formula in our hand before we left. She then warned again that if this does not work they we will have to supplement with formula. They then set up an appt. for the next day -a Saturday -for us to come in to weigh him again at their sick clinic in Castleton. She told us we need to be there at 8 am which is fantastic for new parents not getting much sleep. She then started explaining that it is a sick clinic and there will be many ill people there so to cover his head and take him in and don't uncover him in the waiting room there. At this point I was done. I am not willing to put my child at risk by taking him into that environment just to be weighed when he was eating regularly and having normal urination and bow movements, with no signs of weight issues from anything I had read.
I went home and began gathering information. I called a new pediatrician and got an appt. for Monday. I called Northpoint back and canceled all appt. with them going forward.
We had our appt with the new pediatrician today. Everything went great. He weighed in at 1 pound and 3 ounces heavier than he did on Friday at Northpoint and the Dr. found no concerns. Obviously he did not gain that much weight in 3 days. So I am not saying that one scale is wrong and the other is right, but what I know is that it is not right to stress out new parents over something that can depend on what scale is used. If the Doctors at Northpoint would trust their ability to tell if there are any issues on their own instead of some electronic device only, we would have been spared a lot of frustration.
Don't expect this place to ever support breast feeding. It was perfectly clear to us they do not, lactation consultant or not. Also don't expect to have a voice in any conversation-any concerns or challenges to their recommendations were met by both doctors with defensiveness.
Sorry about the length, but I felt it important to fully explain what we went thru so that hopefully others can avoid the same stress and fear.