I have absolutely, without a doubt, had it with our pediatrician. Before Luke was born, we decided to go with the Pediatrician at the hospital where I received prenatal care and delivered. I should have known better given the level of prenatal care I received. I had kind of hoped that with the livelihood of little people on the line, the care would be better.
We have visited the pediatrician a few times now. In the beginning they were really attentive to Luke. We went in every other day for bilirubin and weight checks until his jaundice was gone and he was starting to gain weight. That’s about where the great care ended.
1) when Luke had thrush the first time (yes, it’s back) they couldn’t get us in for almost 2 weeks and told us to go to the er instead. While I realize thrush isn’t a life or death situation, it got pretty bad. Not only did it impact our breastfeeding relationship, but my little man was in pain from the sprees in his mouth.
2) When I took Luke in almost 2 weeks ago because he had been vomiting, along with numerous other symptoms, and was concerned with him having an allergy the doctor basically told me that I needed to prove to him that Luke couldn’t survive on breast milk alone. He told me to exclusively breastfeed over the weekend and come back for a weight check. Not only that, but he made it seem like I was a horrible mother with the way he was talking to me and asking questions. He treated me as if I was a 14 year old with a baby. Yes, I know how to swaddle my baby……didn’t you notice he was swaddled when you came in? No, I don’t yell at my baby or get frustrated with him. No, I don’t shake him. I’m here to find out why he’s throwing up and in pain……
3) When we went to the e.r. For the same issue we went to the pediatrician for, Luke was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy……..which is what I asked the pediatrician about and he said it couldn’t be an allergic response to the formula. I discovered that our health insurance company would cover the cost of formula if the pediatrician called in and had it preauthorized. I give the pediatrician the number, and the diagnostic codes the insurance company gave me. It’s now been over a week and a half, and they have yet to call it in.
4) Not only have they not called in the formula, but when I asked them about it the nurse and doctor made me feel really badly about formula feeding. Their recommendation was to skip the formula all together and order Domperidone from Canada to boost my supply. Domperidone is banned in the U.S. Because of its side affects causing irregular heart patterns and death. So rather than write a prescription for a formula my son can digest and thrice on, they want me to avoid all dairy and take a potentially life threatening medication to increase my supply.
To be honest, I’m over it. I want a doctor that is going to put my sons best interests at heart and not be so judge mental when it comes to anything but exclusively breastfeeding. I would if I could, but I can’t so please help me do what is best for my little boy.