Apr 102014

ThoughtfulThursday“I’ve written out a plan to make sure he gets your breastmilk at all feedings, so you don’t have to worry about what’s happening when you’re not here.”

- NICU nurse comforting a mother about heranxiety that her son would receive formula instead of pumped milk when the mother was not at the hospital.

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Apr 092014

Newborns“We can’t do delayed cord clamping because it will make the baby swell up like a blueberry and die.”

- OB to mother.

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Apr 022014

Breastfeeding“No, we can’t use a cup or syringe. She has to drink at least two ounces of formula through a bottle.”

 - Lactation consultant to a mother less than half an hour after birth and only ten minutes of nursing when the baby tested slightly low for blood sugar. The mother asked if they could at least use a cup or syringe to avoid nipple confusion.

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Mar 262014

Breastfeeding“You know you’re killing that baby by your insistence on trying to breastfeed him, don’t you?”

- Postpartum nurse, as mother pumped at 3am while syringe feeding her 5 day old  the colostrum.

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Mar 162014

Breastfeeding“He is nursing like he was born to breastfeed.”

- Postpartum nurse, commenting on how well the newborn was breastfeeding.

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Mar 062014

ThoughtfulThursday“His number are high enough that you may need to end up supplementing with formula, but we don’t want to do that if we can help it. Let me see if the Lactation Consultant is available so we can fix the issue without having to resort to formula.”

- Nurse Practitioner to mother with a baby who was dealing with an increasing bilirubin level.

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Mar 032014

Breastfeeding“Why don’t you just give him a bottle? You can pump or give him formula. Six weeks is way longer than I ever breastfed!”

- Family practice doctor at 6-week postpartum visit when the mother mentioned that her newborn son was fussy after nursing sessions and the mother was concerned he might have reflux.

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Mar 022014

“If you don’t have time to get the antibiotics before the birth,we’ll discharge you on time and keep your baby here.”

Newborns- OB to mother who had just tested GBS+ and had a history of fast labors.

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Feb 182014

Newborns“When you invite somebody to your party, you have to let them dance.”

- Certified Nurse Midwife, in reference to the NICU nurses that took the baby away from the mother immediately at birth, for over 15 minutes, to “make sure” he was okay after being born with a nuchal cord. Baby’s APGAR was 9.

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Feb 042014

Breastfeeding“You’re just going to have to pump if you want to breastfeed.”

- Postpartum nurse to mother struggling to get her sleepy baby to latch.

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