Today, 11:24 AM
Well, it would freak me out if my child's doctor said something so ridiculous too! The idea that WATER can be substituted for an important, calorie rich FOOD, like breastmilk or formula, is very odd, and I fear if taken seriously would lead to some very ill babies.
On the other hand, is milk or formula always necessary until a child is a year? Well, there are certainly children who do not get those things all the way until a year and grow fine with getting their nutrition from solids. HOWEVER, for many very good reasons, the protocol from the AAP says children should be breastfed for AT LEAST a year. This is for the many benefits of breastmilk itself and breastfeeding, not exclusively nutrition. For example, the antibodies in milk etc. And the non- breastfed babies the protocol is formula for a year. So the doctor is wrong on both counts, in my opinion.
As far as babies just not liking breastmilk, if there is one shed of evidence this has ever happened, I would like to know about it. Children stop nursing for many reasons, but this is not one of them. As far as an aversion, what do your think baby might be having an aversion to? If a baby is nursing this little and gaining that well, the only thing that comes to mind is a very fast milk flow. Is that possible? Have you troubleshot other things that cause strikes-- scents of perfumes or soaps, stuffy nose, earache/headache, teething?
As far as weaning, no I do not think this is possible. A baby this age still...