When Spike was a tiny baby I went to the Doctor to talk to them about a possible lactose intolerance. I went directly to the GP rather than the Health Visitor because I knew if I saw the Health Visitor they would say “take him to the Doctor.” Unfortunately I got lumped with a GP that actually said the words “Go to the Health Visitor, I don’t know anything about babies.”
Really?! You spent god knows how many years studying and managed to bypass the health of babies?! It’s safe to say that I swiftly changed practices and took him to another Doctor, who was extremely knowledgeable about babies, but not before the Health Visitor advised me to stop breastfeeding.
As it turned out he had silent reflux and not an intolerance to lactose. I spent the next 12 months or so saddened by the fact that he was on formula especially as we had been doing so well with breastfeeding.
Fast forward nearly 3 years and I’m sat in a GP’s office with Dot adamant that she has silent reflux like her brother. The GP doesn’t argue with me but again recommends that I stop breastfeeding. Luckily I am armed with a lot more information this time so completely ignored her. How is it that I can find solutions on Google yet someone that went to University to actually study the subject can be so ignorant to them?
I thank my lucky stars that the NHS is only failing me on such small issues. It must be horrific to suffer problems at the hands of a medical professional (like nearly 30% of people) All I can say is thank god for the internet!