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?