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  •  I had two very different experiences. (6+ / 0-)

    I breastfed my son for the first four months, but I had to supplement with formula and juice because he was severely hypoglycemic from birth and his sugar just wasn't staying stable with breast milk alone. I think that's why at four months he just stopped breastfeeding all together. It was more work for less sugar.

    With my daughter, the people at WIC and my OB were really pushing me to breast feed. BUT I was on a very very high dose of PTU for my extremely over active thyroid. The dose was high enough that what would have crossed over into breast milk would have been more than they gave a baby with hyperthyroidism. I refused. WIC declared I needed a doctor's note to get formula. Luckily, my kids' pediatrician agreed with me, and gave me the note. WIC's plan, by the way was to tell me that it would be ok, because there was little research done on how this drug affected babies in the long term, and they would monitor her thyroid and if her levels dropped they would allow me to switch to formula... after the damage was done. If the Pediatrician hadn't been a very open and reasonable woman who took the time to look up my concerns and agreed with me, we would have ended up paying for formula and doing without other things because there's NO WAY I was breastfeeding my daughter and hoping for the best.

    I think breast feeding is the best in most circumstances. The problem comes when they push it for mothers when it is NOT.

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    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:54:27 AM PST

    •  That is just crazy--what WIC did. (3+ / 0-)
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      But then when I had my first, we were told to apply for WIC on the base, and they told me we made too much money for now with just one child and that I should hurry up and make another baby so we could qualify!

      What is wrong with these people! That is no reason to bring a life into this world.

      I agree entirely. Just because it's best, doesn't mean that it's a life or death decision for everyone. The benefits either way are close enough, that most people could choose blindly and come out just fine.

      Lets cut new parents a break and just help them wherever they are on things.

      •  I know, they can be insane.. (1+ / 0-)
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        advocating for breast feeding is one thing, pushing someone who has a medical reason for not doing so is something else entirely. I think they were under the assumption that it was pregnancy induced hyperthyroidism and would go away. But I had been hyperthyroid for several years before pregnancy, and I was until my daughter was 3 and my thyroid was irradiated. And I was on 600 mg of PTU a day (if I'm remembering correctly, it may have been higher). I wasn't on the typical adult dose of 150. I took 150 four times a day. And even then I was borderline thyroid storm most of the time.

        All that said, hypothyroid is the version that is most prominent in my family. Why was I going to risk dosing my daughter with enough PTU to affect her thyroid hormone production and making her even more likely to be hypothyroid?

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        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:06:33 AM PST

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        •  Thyroid dysfunction is very common after birth (0+ / 0-)

          and often goes undiagnosed, and I have no doubt this plays a big part in post pardum weight gain, and depression for many American women. Fluctuation in thyroid hormones happens during pregnancy and can cause temporary conditions that may be treated successfully if caught quickly.

          •  Yes.. but mine wasn't temporary. (1+ / 0-)
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            And mine existed before pregnancy. It wasn't going away just because my daughter was born, so that I could breast feed her safely. And they weren't getting that.

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            by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:55:18 AM PST

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            •  Oh yea, I understand that you had a chronic (1+ / 0-)
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              condition and that the WIC people were being morons about it.

              I was adding to that, it's a common problem for other women too, as something episodic rather than chronic, but that the effects of it, untreated lead to all sorts of health problems after giving birth.

              that it's nothing to sneeze at.

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