So I took baby to the Dr. for his 4 month checkup. He is doing great! But while I was there the Nurse Practicioner that we just started seeing said some things to me that I felt were not right. First off, she of course asks me about vaccinating. I tell her I want to wait and do it on a delayed schedule. She proceeds to tell me (just like the last pedi) that he could die if he doesn't get them and then starts telling me all these horror stories about children dying from not getting vaccinated. I said "Yes Ma'am I understand but can you please not use scare tactics on me?" I hate that!
So anyways after that she asks me if baby is sttn. I said yes but he does wake up to eat and goes right back to sleep. She said "Oh no. He should be sleeping at least 8 hours straight at this age (4 months). You should just let him cry because he is just in a habit of getting up every 3 hours to eat." I said I don't know, I feel that he wants to eat and I don't want to let him CIO, I don't believe in that. Then she says " well it's ok to let him cry, you could let him cry for 20 or 30 minutes or even an hour." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! I said "yea I'm definitely NOT going to let my 4 month old CIO for an hour. She said well you deserve your sleep and I said yes but not at the expensive of his needs.
Then she tells me that I need to start him on solids. Rice cereal first, then veggies then fruit. I said really because everything that I've read has said not to start until 6 months. she said no that's not true. I did with my babies and they turned out fine (most annoying thing to say to a new mother IMO). THEN she tells me to start giving him a supplemental bottle of formula once a day!! WTF?? Why would I give my baby formula if I don't have to?!!
This lady really caught me off guard. I think everything she said, especially about the CIO is absurd. Please tell me I'm not crazy???
oh and P.S. we are definitely getting a new pedi!! again!
I feel so down lately because it seems like no "professionals" approve of our AP lifestyle. but I still feel like I"m doing the right thing ...