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Friday, December 14, 2007

If you can't trust your doctor...

Well we had a little setback this week. I went in for my 6 week checkup last week and was given a prescription for birth control pills from my doctor. We discussed the fact that while breast feeding I have to use the "mini-pill" which does not contain estrogen. A pill with estrogen will reduce your milk supply and sometimes dry it up completely.

I took the pill for three days. After the 2nd day Fay had a particularly fussy day. She wouldn't sleep all day and she only slept 4.5 hours instead of her normal 6 hours at night. I tried to pump some milk and noticed that there was hardly any to pump. So I checked my birth control pill and looked online for information.

Sure enough, my doctor had prescribed the wrong birth control pill!!! He gave me the one with estrogen. Unbelievable. I confirmed it was not a pharmacy mistake and then I called my doctor to yell at him. I was pissed. He apologized but not with enough emotion for me. He said "I pressed the wrong button on the computer. It was a computer malfunction". Computer Malfunction?!!!

I told him that I thought he had been dismissive of some of my questions at the visits including asking about alternative birth control. And I told him I could no longer be his patient. His response? "You gotta do what you gotta do. I apologize profusely" (again, no emotion).

Now I'm waiting to my regular milk supply to return. I *think* it is building back up. But last night worried me because I nursed Fay to the point where there was no more milk and then Ryan got home and gave her a bottle of expressed milk (from before the incident) and she sucked down the whole 3 oz!

It seems every year I get new reasons to questions those around me. I hate to become cynical or mistrustful. But that seems to be the safer thing to do.

1 comment:

Amity said...

I'm so sorry that you and Fay had to deal with that.