I just want to say thank you for this forum. I had an interesting experience today, and if it weren't for this forum and group of BFing moms, I think I would have "caved."
I went to the doctor today for my horrible sore throat. Ends up I have bacterial pharyngitis. The nurse tells me that if they give me an antibiotic, I'll have to pump and dump and give my 6 month old formula until I'm done with the 10 day sequence.
I balked at this. She seemed unfazed.
Then, in walks the doctor who basically tells me that I either pump and dump or take the chances that I will hurt my baby with the antibiotic. I told him there HAD to be some other way. He suggested that since LO is 6 months, couldn't he just have solids?
Ummm. . . no! I said, "He HAS to have breastmilk or formula as his primary food intake!" (Did this guy go to med school?)
Sure, LO has had SOME solids, but he's not consistent.
So, I told the DR that I would just walk over to my pediatrician (we live in a small town) and ask HER. I guess I offended him because he chose to walk over there himself.
Lo and behold, pediatrician says it's fine. Baby will get some, but it might actually help HIM fight off any possible illness that he would get from me.
All of that to say that here on the forum, we may disagree about the little things here and there, but I am SO appreciative to know that when it comes down to it, there is a group of women out there who agree with me: breast is best. And I get that some people supplement with formula because they need to - and some people simply use formula. Everyone's different. I just couldn't believe that my DR seemed to be 100% clueless and borderline unsupportive.