Speaking of breastfeeding, I thought I'd share a postpartum nursing secret with you all.
You know when you were exhausted after giving birth, and it's now 3AM and your baby is still fussy after 4 hours of cluster feeding (or lack of breastfeeding, or difficulty with latch.... insert breastfeeding problem here)? And then the nurse offers to take your baby to nursery so that you can get a couples hours of uninterrupted sleep?
Well, she's likely giving your baby some formula to settle him down and get him to sleep. Did you really think that when you woke 4 hours later and are told that your baby settled right down in the nursery that it was just sheer miracle? No. It wasn't. It was because he was given formula.
When I first saw this happen as a new obstetrics nurse, I was shocked. How could a nurse do this? I thought this was awfully ballsy, to say the least, and something that I would imagine could get the nurse in a lot of trouble if found out. It is never something I've done, although as I gained more experience I could understand why it was done. You've got a mom who is about to lose her mind, a baby that won't settle down and has worked himself into a fury, and a nurse who doesn't want to spend hours trying to get a crying baby onto a crying mother's breast. For those who give this secret formula feeding, it's a win-win situation. Baby's happy, mom's happy, and nurse is happy.
And for those who have allowed the nurse to take the baby to the nursery only to have him return within 20 or 30 minutes, you can rest assured that likely she didn't give him the secret formula. She probably tried rocking him, swaddling him tight, burping him, or pushing him around in the crib (for the vibration) with no success.
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