I'm "extended breastfeeding" - can you believe it?!
My topic today is my pediatrician. At DD's 12 month appointment, she told me to stop breastfeeding. Said that there is no nutritional value of the milk after this point, that DD will start having temper tantrums about it when I DO finally wean, and that it's just a habit now.
First of all, I'd like to say that I don't think that 12 months is a bad age to wean, at all. It was my plan to wean then for quite a while. However... It irritates me that pediatricians make questionable statements like that, generalizing all children, and simply expecting us to blindly believe what they say. Why would they not take into consideration that "habit" and "need" will vary greatly between individual children? Why don't they back up their "professional opinion" in breastfeeding toddlers with medical information and valid medical reasoning?
What really shocked me is that my pediatrician is a woman from India who has told me that almost every baby is breastfed in India. I highly doubt (though I could not know for sure) that 12 months is the age that they usually wean in India. Therefore I was shocked to hear her opinion on the matter, as if 12 months is a grand line that splits a child's needs immediately... I would expect it from an American doctor, sadly, but hearing it from my doctor (whom I liked so very much until this point), I was really taken aback. Like I said, I don't disagree with weaning at 12 months, but I think it's BS to say that it's magically only a habit for all children after 12 months. That's obviously impossible!
It almost seems like pediatricians are in on a little deal with formula companies or something... But then, that wouldn't make sense since she can drink real cow milk now... I just don't get why it's "so important" to stop breastfeeding at this age. I can kind of see why American culture is unfortunately squeamish about it but I didn't expect the same attitude from someone who's native culture embraces breastfeeding as normal and common.
What say you?