I am a mom to an almost 20 month old girl who still breatfeeds. My experience has been so great that I am determined to help everyone I can to promote BF, however in the last two weeks two of my friends have given birth and both have had supplemental feedings at the hospital, for some reason the nurses conviced them that they were starving and that they needed to give them some formula.
I remember when my daughter was born, and I live in Ecuador, so things are a bit different here, you have to bring your own formula to the hospital and I did not bring any. I specifically gave instructions not to place any nipples in her mouth, and they still did and gave her water with sugar. I was able to BF fine and my daughter did not try cow's milk until she was a year old, she did not latch on until day 2 and that is why the nurses fed her the glucose water, but it is my understanding from literature I've read, that it is no necesary to give the baby anything, they will eventually latch on and BF normally.
How do we fight with this?? How do we convice the mother's and the nurses not to feedthem anything and that they eventually will latch on. How does a new mother impose her wish againt "Experienced" nurses??? I am wrong in thinking this way?? Is there a moment after so much time of the baby not latching on that you say it is ok to feed formula?
I want to help all my other future mother friends and give them good advice on this issue.
thank you for your comments.