Will it start a war?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Will it start a war?
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Tue, 07-19-2011 - 10:26am

A mom posted on the coupon forum about getting coupons because she had to wean due to meds, she didn't want to wean and formula was too expensive. I suggested Dr Hale's BFing & meds forum to see if she could find a safer alternative. Shall we start the countdown to the beginning of the BF/FF war? LOL

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 2:02pm

I would hope that she would thank you. She didn't want to wean, and formula IS expensive. You may have even saved her money on meds, who knows!

Kevali


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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2005
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 1:16am

I am weary about suggesting alternative meds if I do not know the person or their situation.







Lilypie




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Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 8:33am

IMO anxiety/depression meds are a little different than other meds, say antibiotics, thyroid meds,etc because they work differently on each person and it usually takes a long time (many months) to figure out a combination that works. So while I agree that finding a different med, in general, is good advice, there are exceptions.

This is just ANOTHER compelling reason why psych meds are not good examples for formula vs. meds discussions. ;)

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 11:35am

I'm going to bet that you will hear at least one if not several of the following types of comments from a FF'r/formula defender shortly in response to your coupon forum post to that mother:
* In reply to the nursing mom: Formula is fine, not poison, good enough, etc. and no mom should feel guilty for using it so don't let the BF bullies make you feel bad for switching to formula.
* In reply to the nursing mom: You don't want to subject your child to the risks of any medication so it's better you switch to formula. The risks of your baby being exposed to medication are too high when formula is good enough/close enough to breastmilk anyway.
* In reply to you: Look, I know you BF advocates/BF bullies think every mom can and should BF but some moms simply cannot BF for medical or other reasons so your just going to have to just accept that.
* In reply to you: Since I presume you don't have a medical degree, what business is it of yours to be questioning her doctor who I'm sure knows more about the safety of the medication she has to take when with regard ti nursing moms?
* In reply to you: I tried BF'ing but I just couldn't make enough milk/couldn't get the baby to latch/it's was too painful/my baby was allergic to my milk/etc. so I had to switch to formula. Stop trying to make us FF'rs feel guilty about not BF'ing/using formula. Formula is good enough and I and many others I know all were feed formula as babies and come out just fine. It's not poison you know.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 12:09pm

Well that would make me feel chastised for trying to help! LOL

So far there has been no response at all. I keep checking to see if the OP found it helpful - or not.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 3:27pm
spud_77 wrote:

I am weary about suggesting alternative meds if I do not know the person or their situation.

 


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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 3:52pm

She is not currently on any meds from what I could tell from her post, and said she needed to go on this med so she could return to work. Which made me think it was not meds for depression, though of course I could be wrong.

This is what she said:

"I have to wean him so that I can start taking a medication that is not Breastfeeding safe. I REALLY wanted to wait, but Dr. doesn't recommend it. I need to take care of this medical issue before I go back to work in Oct." 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2005
Thu, 07-21-2011 - 12:04am
witch_power wrote:

She is not currently on any meds from what I could tell from her post, and said she needed to go on this med so she could return to work. Which made me think it was not meds for depression, though of course I could be wrong.

This is what she said:

"I have to wean him so that I can start taking a medication that is not Breastfeeding safe. I REALLY wanted to wait, but Dr. doesn't recommend it. I need to take care of this medical issue before I go back to work in Oct." 







Lilypie




iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2005
Thu, 07-21-2011 - 12:07am

Thanks Spencer and







Lilypie




Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 07-21-2011 - 12:40am

Thanks Spud - I really appreciate you saying that! :)

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