Skip to comments.Bosom Bullies (Dear Prudence re breastfeeding busybodies)
Posted on 02/14/2008 8:41:28 PM PST by Huntress
Dear Prudie, I am a first-time mother to a beautiful 11-week-old boy. Right after having him, I was visited in my hospital room by a "lactation consultant." This person pulled out my chart without asking me and said, "I see you had a breast reduction done 10 years ago. That was extremely selfish of you."
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Rather, my response would be something along the lines of "GET THE F*** OUT OF HERE NOW!!!!!" followed by a flying bedpan.
A decade ago, when I gave birth to our firstborn, I encountered the opposite: Strangers, relatives, family members - all imploring me to “give that baby a bottle!” (FTR, I was a private nursing mother who didn’t nurse in front of others, but that didn’t silence the busybodies.)
New mothers are always receiving unsolicited advice from friends, relatives, even strangers who think they know better.
All that said, this lactation consultant needed to be reprimanded, at the very least. I had a similar experience with a doctor who tore into me a day after I gave birth once, simply because I didn’t understand her explanation about a procedure. Some people should not be working with the public.
Good Lord. Ms Lactation Consultant needs to meet Ms Attorney-at-Law and Mr Punch-in-the-Mouth. Or one of my sisters, each of whom has given birth. I’d be happy to hide the body for ‘em.
I only believe maybe 20% of her letter.
I had a friend who wanted to breastfeed her baby but she complained it was too painful.
Another friend of ours tried to convince her the answer was simple. He said, “Poke a bigger hole.”
Does that make him a lactation consultant too?