a hard day

May 29, 2010 at 8:18 am 12 comments

Wow. Friday was a rough one.
It all started out with almost no sleep as I had two fussy babies all night long (I’m not complaining -just stating the facts).
Then we went to a breastfeeding clinic based here in Toronto that is world famous to see a doctor that we will refer to as Dr. Boob.
Well Dr. Boob is a bit of an arse, and his staff are breastfeeding lunatics, and I’m putting it mildly.

When Dr. Boob walked into the room we were trying to latch 2 babies at the same time.
Here is some of the interaction with Dr. Boob:
Dr. Boob “Why aren’t you tandem feeding?”
Duck “I’m using a lactation aid to supplement and I was born with only 2 hands so I can’t really supplement?”.
Dr. Boob “Yes but they are getting bottles, and you wouldn’t have to use the lactation aid if you weren’t getting bottles.. and what hopsital were they born at…why didn’t they teach you tandem feeding… why did the NICU staff give them bottles?”.
Duck “I don’t know….”
Dr. Boob “I’m just being funny, I don’t expect you to have the answers”.
Duck “ok”.
Dr. Boob “Seriously you won’t have to use the supplement if you can just get the supply up by dropping the bottles”.
Duck “Actually I’ve induced lactation so, I have to use the lactation aid”.
Dr. Boob “Oh, no one told me that” (stutter stammer).

The appointment was 2.5 hours. Two hours, thirty minutes of me trying to breastfeed with 5 on lookers poking at me and my two little ones in a room that was 37 degrees. No one ever said “good job” or made any nice remarks. No one.

Fun times.

Finally we get away from Dr. Boob’s lactation army and we travel back across the city in rush hour traffic.

We have visitors almost as soon as we arrive home and we decide to take the babies out into the garden which has lots of shade and was cooler then inside.
Me, Mr. Duck, our friends, Monkey and Giraffe all go outside.
We leave a pot of water to boil on the stove as we were sterilizing bottles and it requires us to boil a GIANT pot of water.
Mr. Duck goes back inside to remove the pot from the stove and to turn off the A/C.
But he can’t.
We’ve locked ourselves out of the house.
Two hours, two hundred dollars and one drilled out lock later, we break back into our house.

Let’s hope today is a better day.

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  • 1. VA Blondie  |  May 29, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I am sorry your appointment was so rough. I have seen some of this prejudice a La Leche League meetings, too. I am not sure if because we are post IF and we have a different perspective, or what. While they can be helpful, they it is like they just do not see what we are up against.

    And I think we all have done stupid stuff like locking yourself out of the house. Baby brain will do that to you!

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  • 2. Denise  |  May 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Ack, not a fun day! Run far away from that breastfeeding clinic. There must be another place or person nearby that would be more supportive. Hope your weekend is much better!

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  • 3. Sarah  |  May 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Ugh. Lack of sleep and time sucks. Do you remember me posting about burning everything that I tried to cook. Meh. Sorry to hear that you were locked out. You are going to look back and laugh one day but for now – UGH!

    I’m so inspired by your courage to attend this BFing clinic. That’s huge and it just shows what an amazing Mama that you are in doing so. Sending hugs.

    Hopefully today is full of R&R for you.

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  • 4. My Reality  |  May 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Dr. Boob’s nipple cream is a LIFESAVER. So, if you run into issues with nipple pain, it is totally worth giving it a shot.

    Hope today is a better day.

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  • 5. Me  |  May 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I’m sorry about the suckiness. 😦

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  • 6. dramaismymiddlename  |  May 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Oh crappity crap – Ive done the locked out of the house thing when food was on the stove too – not nice! Hope tomorrow is a better day for you xx

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  • 7. Jill  |  May 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Can I just say you are my own personal hero for inducing lacation and breastfeeding those twins! I know it is sooooo hard! And, what’s up with that doctors office not giving you any praise? Isn’t that the job of a lacation consultant?

    That sucks about your house. I would have been freaking out. Hope your day got better.

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  • 8. JellyBelly  |  May 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I’m so sorry that Dr. Boob was such a jerk. I can’t believe that he couldn’t be more supportive!!!

    I hope that you can find a doc that can be more understanding and soon!

    Hugs!

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  • 9. Rebecca @ Unexplained X2  |  May 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Oh no…not locked out! That is my fear!!!

    The boob thing…I hear ya…hang in there.

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  • 10. Kim  |  May 31, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Dr. Boob – he’s male!!!! Enough said?

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  • 11. Sunny  |  May 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    If no one said it to you then, let me say it now —

    GOOD JOB.

    No, more than good job. Excellent, tremendous, stupendous, incredible, the-best-EVER job.

    I am super in awe of all you have accomplished with BFing. I hope it gets easier soon!

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  • 12. annacyclopedia  |  June 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Yes, Duck, you are doing an amazing job and I am so, so proud of you! I’m sorry Dr Boob was a jerk. Unlike some other commenters, I don’t think that means you should stay away (if you had any repeat visits planned) or ignore his advice. He’s world famous for a reason. The only reason you should ignore his advice is if it’s not working for you. I know a lot of his techniques and info helped me a lot in the early days. So I hope you can take it in stride. And I hope you can find some supportive people to cheer you on in your breastfeeding relationship with the wee ones.

    Those hard days just suck. Hope you don’t have another one for a long time.

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