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Professionals: Present a confident exterior, consult with colleagues/references in private

Some good replies to the post "Conflict of Interest: On Confidence, and Confidence."

One of things that stood out to me is how a couple commenters assumed that because they're reasonable, other people should also be reasonable. I mean, if a doctor checks something carefully in a reference book in front of me, I think that's a good thing. You probably do too.

But many people don't think that way.

A lot of people have unrealistic expectations of the world, especially of professionals like doctors.

There was a brilliant comment by Kate Johnson, who is a veterinarian. Kate writes -

A near miss

On Toddler Breastfeeding

Being self employed, and after going through multiple insurance premium rate hikes, we decided to give up the insurance game. The only times any of us has seen doctors has been during my pregnancies and deliveries (all normal routine checkups). Ironically, none of those visits were covered by our policy. For a short while we kept up our pediatrician visits as a self paying patient, but there was no value gained by keeping those visits. In fact, they posed potential harm depending on what nurse we happened to have and their knowledge of breastfeeding and infant nutrition. When Chase was little, a nurse tried to scare me into introducing rice cereal, otherwise he wouldn't get enough iron she said. Which is simply, not correct. In fact, the best source of iron for breast fed babies is breast milk. So when another nurse mentioned introducing solids to Desmond at 4 months old, that was the last straw. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months.

Moving on. If you've been following along with my adventures in becoming a breast milk donor and my difficulties finding a phlebotomist to do the blood draw then you'll understand how my heart hit the floor when the Mother's Milk rep told me about the physician forms requirement. For most people, getting a form signed by a physician is a trip to the doc's office. For me, it would mean a whole lot of time and money and a potential epic fail.

Finding a doctor now would be a wild mess. The first question from the receptionist is not "What can we do for you?" but "What insurance do you have?" And "I don't have insurance" is not a popular answer. Finding a doctor that would be willing to check a box for me and recommend me (and my son) as a healthy breast milk donor would be quite an undertaking. Who knows what hoops they would want me to go through and how much they would charge me. Thankfully, about a week after learning about the physician requirement, Mother's Milk Coop has dropped the physician document requirement! Hurray! They are testing my blood, which to me is a more solid vetting tool than a physician.

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