Re: Dr. says not to nurse after one!
"Idiot" is precisely the word that leaped to my mind. Time for a new doc, or to start lying to/educating your current one.
Originally Posted by @llli*duckpond
If you want to take the education route, here are some resources:
-The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Breastfeeding. Your doc should familiarize himself with the following: "Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births)....There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer." Also, it's worthwhile to note that the World Health Organization recommends nursing for a minimum of 2 years.
-Fat and Energy Contents of Expressed Human Breast Milk in Prolonged Lactation. Mandel et. al. Pediatrics 2005. "Conclusions: Human milk expressed by mothers who have been lactating for >1 year has significantly increased fat and energy contents, compared with milk expressed by women who have been lactating for shorter periods. During prolonged lactation, the fat energy contribution of breast milk to the infant diet might be significant."
- When to Wean. K. Dettwyler. Natural History 1997. Discusses the natural- as opposed to cultural- age for weaning.
- Extend Breastfeeding's Benefits. K. Steinkraus. Mothering 2007. A terrific, highly accessible article. Your doc might not like it, but believe me: you will!
My pediatrician would tell you that solid food is not nutritionally necessary until the first birthday. Up to that point, solids are only for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. After the first birthday, solids become an increasingly important part of the baby's diet, but the transition from a majority-milk to a majority-solids diet is a gradual one, with many normal, healthy babies still predominantly breastfed well into their second year.
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