Kids drink what you give them. I gave DD juice when she was little and she loved it. I realized with DS1 that there was no need for juice and he (and DD) love water. DS2 didn't get water until after 6 months and he happily drinks it.
I was 21 before I drank beer and yet I am happily drinking it right now, which is crazy according to your ped's way of thinking.
Your ped's advice on water is right up there with the "if you don't start them on rice cereal at 4 months they won't learn to eat". :rolleyes: I bet a lot of moms have heard that one, too.
Sometimes I feel like I'm going against the whole world when i'm just trying to provide the best for my baby. It's really irritating when those people are coming from an 'I am older than you/I've seen more than you did, therefore what I say is right' angle. Some of my relatives aren't educated so printing them information to read is not going to work. Somehow they just don't believe in science/research. I don't know how to disagree with them without sounding rude. Ah just shut up already!
I think at some point you just need to put your foot down. You can say something like "I know that 'X' worked really well for you and that's great, but I am doing 'Y' and that is working really well for me. My mind is made up and I would appreciate it if you would please respect my decisions." You shouldn't have to constantly defend yourself for doing the right thing.
When it comes to the doctor, I just don't ask questions I already know the answer to, but I've been lucky to have very breastfeeding supportive pediatricians (they advise that I sleep-train, however). :shrug
That's why I'm starting to hate pedis now! My son likes to eat small and frequency meals (only suck for 5-10 mins every hour), which I have no problem with. My pedi advises me to delay feeding him so that he is really very hungry when he eats and therefore will drink more milk and eat less frequent! Is breast feeding even an area of study for pedis?
And yes, I think docs do study breastfeeding. For about 5 minutes! That's why I don't ask my doc much about breastfeeding, or parenting or sleep for that matter. I expect my doc to be a good diagnostician, and to be able to figure out what is wrong with my kids when something is wrong. If I want advice on nursing or parenting, I contact the real experts: the llladies here on the forum, my mom, and my MIL. And I trust my gut! I'm the mommy, and I know I read my kids and their needs better than anyone else.