Extended Breastfeeding… Yes, I Do

EB Yes I do

I mean no offense to my friends and readers who use formula, I know you are doing what is best for you and your family. This stems from Peanut’s one year check up.

Sometimes I really don’t like how uneducated people including doctors are.

At Peanut’s one year check up, I was asked if we were still breastfeeding, and very proudly I said yes.  We had a tough time in the beginning and I am proud that we are still going.  Well the physicians assistant looked at me and plainly told me to wean him, that there is no nutritional value after one.  Um WHAT?  It took all of my composure to not flip out on her for being so uneducated.  I spoke with a WIC nutritionist who was just shocked at this statement.  She told me how hard they work to teach women the benefits of breastfeeding and then some idiot comes behind them and undoes all their hard work.

La Leche League has a great page on extended breastfeeding:  http://www.llli.org/nb/nbextended.html

They have so many informational and well written articles on breastfeeding, it just provides a reminder that it is okay.  I am shooting for at least two years, or whatever works for Peanut.  It is his decision and when he is ready, I will have to be ready too.

This was one of my favorites: http://www.llli.org/nb/nbsepoct07p196.html.

The American Academy of Pediatrics currently (2005) recommends: “Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection. Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child. (http://www.llli.org/faq/bflength.html)

So… where in that does it say the magic number is one year?  It doesn’t.  It says “for at least” so I don’t know where the twit gets off telling me what to do.  Anyhow, I am switching pediatricians to one who is supportive of my decision.

You can also check out what I wrote for TOTS Family here.

So how do you feel about it?

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2 thoughts on “Extended Breastfeeding… Yes, I Do

  1. Candi says:

    I can so empathize with you ladies. I know this is a late reply but I wanted to chime in with you. Our pediatrician(and most of our family and friends) thought it was time for me to wean when our son turned one. Our pediatrician hails from a country where extended breastfeeding is the norm! So imagine my surprise when we went in for our one year checkup and I was told not only to wean my son, but to put him on homogenized cows milk! I was so furious and my husband and I looked at each other and made the decision to find a doctor who would fully support our decision to continue breastfeeding until our son weaned of his own volition. We did, she is amazing and we love her! I breastfed our little guy up until this past February. Right about two years and seven months! Just keep doing what you know is right for your family.

  2. Judith Martinez says:

    I feel your pain! I had an ignorant pediatrician when I lived in S. TX. We were rural and didn’t have a lot of options so I just ignored her bad advice. She told me to stop nursing and put my dd on pedialyte while she was fighting off a bout of diarrhea! I am so glad to be out of there! The practice I take my children to now are very pro-breastfeeding. I took my youngest to a well child check last month (she’s almost 14 months old now) and the Dr. asked me if I was still breastfeeding and if so how long I planned on continuing. I told him until at least age 2 and then longer depending on how I felt and he said that was great. 🙂

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