Guilt-Assuaging Ear Tubes
December 16th, 2011
Buggie got ear tubes today. After eight ear infections in nine months, enough was enough. Happily, our ENT doc readily agreed and got us on his schedule amazingly quickly (our consult was Wednesday and the surgery was this morning!). The Bug-man was a trooper, remaining his usual chipper self through the pre-op shenanigans despite having been cut off from all food for 16 hours. I doubt I would have been so cheerful.
I’m hopeful that the tubes will work wonders on Buggie like they did on his big sister, who has only had one ear infection in the more than two years since she got her tubes.
I will confess that I felt a great surge of relief when it became evident that Buggie would need tubes. It relieved a piece of “momma guilt” that had been hanging around my neck for three long years: my failure to breastfeed Miss Mouse.
Rationally, I knew that I had given it my best shot and had no reason to feel bad about resorting to formula with my firstborn. But…one of the many benefits of breastfeeding that is regularly touted is a noticeable reduction in ear infections.
Thus, in my mind, Miss Mouse’s recurrent ear troubles were linked to her lack of breast milk consumption.
Because her baby brother got lots of boob juice. Six months of nothing but breast milk and two more months of boob and bottle. And he STILL needed ear tubes because he got so many ear infections. So there you have it.