Erin - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )
anyone else frustrated with the seemingly lack of information that doctors have regarding breastfeed babies? We have a doc at work (L&D floor) that gets really nervous about skin to skin contact. He's afraid the babies will get too chilled. He also feels that babies of diabetic mothers must be feed after birth even if their blood sugars are ok so if they won't latch then they must be given a bottle. Another pediatrician constantly tells mothers that they shouldn't BF if they smoke and that if they BF they can't drink caffeine, alcohol, eat chocolate or spicey foods. WTF!!! Also my pediatrician gave me a lecture in the office b/c my 4 month old still wakes up at 5 am to nurse. he says she should be sleeping 12 hours straight and that she isn't hungry. How the hell does he know? And since she only nurses every 4 hours during the day I am happy she is still taking a feeding at night. She's also my last baby and I will take any opportunity to cuddle her that she will give me.
the abovementioned pediatrician (the one who doesn't like Skin to skin) has asmitted that he got next to no training on the process of BF or helping breastfeeding babies and their mothers. He also said that what he does knnow he mostly learned from watching his wife and from a friend who wrote a book on BF. Does it bother anyone else that the AAp makes these recommendations but then does not encourage the proper education of its doctors?
If you are a doctor, nurse, PA, or some other health professional I would especiaaly like to hear what you think.