13 May 2018

Lactation consultant headache #3, 700, 006!

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My client had chosen to stay in the pediatric unit with her newborn, who was being kept to treat an infection with intravenous antibiotics In this way, she was able to breastfeed whenever her baby needed, and keep her baby in arms.

Two nurses on one night shift strongly urged my client to put her baby down, saying that her baby “needed to learn to cry” and that she herself needed rest. The baby cried all that night, except when she was being nursed. The next morning, the staff recommended that this baby have a spinal tap, since the baby was now deemed “irritable”.

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