An update-- mostly for your amusement.
DS had an 8-month well baby visit on Tuesday, and his pediatrician was swooning at his antics. Being uber-keen first time Mum, I inquired about solids and hemoglobin tests at the 9 month mark if we're effectively EBFing. Again, this cross referencing is largely because I'm nerdy (think: spreadsheets!) and keen.
DS' pediatrician was aghast and pulled the old-school gasp (literally!) and "your-child-will-keel-over-and-die" intimidation routine. She immediately whips out a tape measure to check his head circumference (50th %ile to his confirmed 40th %ile weight) and seems dismayed that her apocalyptic prophecy hasn't been fulfilled in the intervening four seconds.
Meanwhile, I am laughing in my head. Unbelievably, this is the considered opinion of a tenured professor of pediatrics at one of the best med schools in Canada. I decide to refrain from whipping out my iPhone with my bookmarked refereed journal articles on neonate nutrition. I also bite my tongue and decide not to point out her obvious sources of research funding--Heinz and Nestle, judging from their swag plastered on the walls.
Her recommendation? A one-size-fits-all template that is on the aggressive end of solids introduction for a 1 year old:
Breakfast: 2 oz cereal
Lunch: 2 oz meat + 2 oz veggies
Dinner: 2 oz fruit
As an experiment, I tried holding out nursing for 3 hours and feeding DS organic brown rice cereal (tasty, IMO!: I ate a bowl with him!) prior to nursing to gauge his maximum appetite. It was a scant tablespoon. He seemed only interested briefly, then gave his usual nursing cue.
Clearly one-size-fits-all does not. What witch doctory. I will be booking an appointment at a breastfeeding clinic in town run by a renowned pro-breastfeeding pediatrician--also a professor of pediatrics with this lady--at least for a second opinion and, at most, to switch doctors.
Wow. Just wow. This is what passes for first rate care, eh? I wonder how many of my tax dollars were wasted. (Note: in Canada, medical coverage is publicly funded). I am outraged at this patently ridiculous recommendation.