Another blog. This time by a woman who failed at breastfeeding and places "blame" on the "medical people," not herself. She tried to breastfeed, but fell into post-partum depression because (?) she wasn't doing well breastfeeding. Anyway, she would have been a power breastfeeder had a "medical" person simply told her 2 things: 1.) it's okay to use a little formula during the early days when the breastmilk has not come in, and 2.) a pacifier is okay and soothes a baby.
My question: Do breastfeeding moms really need to be told either of these 2 things? Do breastfeeding moms really need a Study to be told these 2 things? Aren't they pretty much common sense?
The blogger references a "study" ~ The study took 40 newborns who had lost 5 percent of their birth weight and whose moms' milk hadn't come in yet and split them into two groups. One got ELF (early limited formula). The other group was breastfed exclusively. When they checked back at 3 months, almost 80 percent of the babies who were given formula early on were breastfeeding exclusively. Forty-two percent of the moms who'd breastfed exclusively from the get-go were still doing so.
Really? A study to know this..."Medical" people?...Really?