During one of Egg’s doctor visits to check his poor ears we had an appointment with a new person. I’m going to call her Geraldine. We’ve been going to this office for about a year, and really like the two PA’s we had previously met. They have been on board with delayed vaccinations, Coop’s home birth, my asthma issues, and kept an eye on my postpartum crazies. I’ve received good care and advice.Sadly, this last visit veered off into the realm of crazy pants. Egg was in the midst of a course of antibiotics and I was worried his infection was still raging. He had shown improvement and then was acting sick again. His off and on fever had returned. He had not slept through the night since the beginning of the year. I was so fucking tired. I mentioned casually I expected Coop to wake up in the night because he was still nursing around the clock, but my three year old needed to go back to sleeping through the night. Because I am a lady, I did not say, “For fuck’s sake if he doesn’t sleep through the night again I’m going to kill myself and or others including any medical professions failing to help me.”
Geraldine surprised me by fixating on the fact that Coop was not sleeping through the night at ten months old. He was not only not sleeping through the night, but he had the gall to NURSE during the night hours. I even nurse him whenever he wants, at his whim! She told me Coop should be sleeping through the night at ten months old and I should have already night weaned him.While I would love it if everyone in my house slept through the night, I understand this period of time is fleeting. I will not have another baby to snuggle through the night. I’m not worried about him nursing at night. Not at all. Then Geraldine said the most amazing thing I have heard in a long time. Are you sitting down? I would, if I were you. She told me there is a magical way to determine when a baby is ready to night wean. Although she didn’t use the term “magical.” Geraldine stated, “Babies should be night weaned at 10 pounds. It is not about the age, it is about weight. At ten pounds a baby no longer needs to nurse at night.” Sit with this for a moment. TEN POUNDS. If your baby is born weighing ten pounds, then lucky you! You will never have to nurse your baby at night. Night weaning is unnecessary! Go the fuck to sleep already! When I stated that night weaning would have a detrimental effect on milk supply she went from ridiculous to lucky I didn’t stab her with my sleep deprived eyes. She said that she had been doing this for sixteen years and maybe MY supply would have issues but in all of her experience night weaning was appropriate when the baby reached ten pounds. She touted this information as FACT.
This is where I have issues dealing with people. When someone is convinced of an utterly ridiculous point of view I have no idea how to counter it in the moment. Simply saying, “You are wrong” doesn’t change their point of view. I am saddened and horrified to think of the damage she has done to women and their nurslings in the sixteen years she has been practicing “medicine.”I need to talk to the head of the practice and determine if this person is a rogue crazy or speaking the views held by all them. I need to figure out how to educate without offending. Above all I need to stop this woman from spewing her nonsense to new mothers who will trust her as a medical professional. Ten pounds. Fuck you, lady. FUCK YOU.