Have you ever had a situation where a doctor, nurse or other health practitioner has suggested you do X but your own instinct moves you to do Y?
A blogger writes about a situation where she is confronted with a young dietitian who wants to fatten up her baby:
she was completely clueless about nursing and wanted me to cut back. And finally, she kept suggesting the most inane ideas.
For example, she insisted that I put unprocessed tehina paste into TBIQ’s vegetables to add calories. (Result: TBIQ stopped eating vegetables.) Also, she wanted me to melt butter into TBIQ’s baby cereal. (Result: None, because I ignored this suggestion.)
But the final straw came when she told me to feed TBIQ a certain type of high-calorie artificially-flavored and -sweetened pudding instead of yogurt. She told me that the pudding came in two flavors: banana and strawberry.
Part of her post is about comparing health care in America to that of another country. But I had a similar experience in the U.S., with a doctor who wanted me to cut back nursing to three times a day to fatten up my baby. (If any of you have nursed a baby, you would know that suddenly cutting back would cause engorgement pain to mom; ouch. An ignorant doctor). Another doctor, the senior doctor in the office, had already suggested I feed my previous baby butter, eggs and cream at ten months. I switched to another doctor, who said that babies often plateau at eight months. He is now a healthy twelve year old (and he rarely has gotten sick in his life, mostly just sneezing allergies while in New Jersey that “miraculously” disappeared when he went to camp in Western Pennsylvania this summer). As an aside, when my breast-fed babies were moving from breast milk to food, they all seemed to like chulent.
So my question to you, dear readers, is have you ever been confronted with a situation where a health care provider says you should do something that does not feel right? Do you have a hard time speaking up for yourself? Did you take some action that you would like to share?