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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Doctors should know...right?

Since we recently moved I am looking for a doctor for myself and my little guy. I found a doctor very close by our new home and made our appointments, just in case my little guy gets sick. As the date of the appointment gets closer I'm really starting to have anxiety. One thing that I've learned about the medical community is that they're not very knowledgeable when it comes to breast feeding and dare I say the mother child bond. Well I'm only going to cover my thoughts about breast feeding today.

Several months ago I had mastitis but since I didn't have the normal symptoms it took almost two months to finally get antibiotics to treat my mastitis. Along the way I had to go in for two ultrasounds, a mammogram and several visits a with a breast specialist. The breast specialist encouraged me to wean, the ultrasound tech did the same, the lady who administered my MRI gave me wrong information regarding breast feeding after the mammogram. After I was finally given antibiotics the breast specialist told me that I needed to check with the pharmacist to see if what she prescribed was ok to take while breast feeding. Seriously? She didn't know if what she prescribed was ok for me and my baby. Pardon me but I think a breast specialist should know about breast feeding. Pharmacist gave me incorrect information too!! I am so thankful that I was part of a breast feeding support group at a hospital near my home and the lactation consultant was the one that looked up the medication and gave me the go ahead to take my meds.

I seriously believe that pediatricians, OB/GYN's and Breast Specialist should take the same classes that the lactation consultants take or maybe have a lactation consultant in their office!! It's no wonder so many moms feel the need to stop breast feeding with all of the misinformation out there.

So here I am a momma to an almost 2 year old going to see a new doctor. Part of me wants to just not even mention that I breast feed because I kind of already know how that will turn out. 

The countdown begins, we'll see how our first appointment goes.