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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How often do YOU eat?

Today at my WIC appointment the dietician asks me how often Hannah eats. Well whenever she wants. Oh but they want to know how often, like how many hours in between. Lets see... WHENEVER she wants to eat. Sometimes its four hours, sometimes two. Heck there have been times when she just ate 10 minutes ago and is acting hungry again AND I feed her!

I know it shouldn't bother me but it does! I HATE when people don't let their babies eat unless it has been 3 hours. "oh what? your hungry? sorry its only been  2 hours, you have to wait one more hour and then you can eat" Really? I don't know about you, but if I am hungry then I go to my kitchen and grab something to eat. It doesn't necessarily have to be a big meal. Sometimes its just a little snack. If I do that, then don't you think my baby possibly needs little snacks here and there? I think so! Therefore I really don't time when Hannah eats, half the time I don't even know what time it was the last time she ate or how long. I follow her cues, and quite frankly I think my baby (and I) know better than any dumb doctor when she needs and wants to eat!

When I was in the hospital they {stupid} nurses wanted to know EVERYTHING. When she ate and how long, did I change her diaper and was it wet or poopy? {annoying} At one point this idiot nurse asked me when was the last time she ate since they last checked. I replied with 11:00 pm, 11:45 and 12:30. The idiot nurse looked at me appalled and says "Oh No! you need to hold off for AT LEAST 3 hours before you let her eat or else her stomach won't grow!" Seriously? SERIOUSLY? so you want me to let me NEWBORN baby cry with hunger for 3 hours? No thanks! I will feed her when she wants!

Hannah is now 6.5 months old and guess what idiot nurse, She eats whenever she is hungry and she apparently is getting enough food because she is still growing! Since when did we start putting our babies on dumb feeding schedules? I would like to know what idiot came up with that crap. You know what I say? They are not the mother to your children, therefore they do not know what is best YOU do! Follow your God given motherly instincts who cares what the stupid doctors say.


Shandi and Alex said...

I have a friend here in Texas that has a 4 month old and only feeds her FOUR TIMES A DAY! And she only feeds her 6 oz at a time. She got mad at the babysitter (who is also a good friend) because the babysitter did not feel like that was enough and gave her more... this baby is in the 3rd percentile for weight.... I agree with you. Feed your baby when your baby wants and needs it. This girl shoves the binky in the baby's mouth until the clock says its time to feed her again, "because she doesn't want to mess up the schedule". It's been a struggle for me, because I feel like I need to say something but I know she'll just get offended/angry.

Alexa Nielson said...

Shandi that is horrible! I hate situations like that too. I would have a hard time not saying something too! I have seen that so many times where they shove the binky in the babies mouth instead of feeding them. Horrible! so sad!

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