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Old 02-22-2007, 04:37 PM   #11
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What an idiot! I would probably send her some information about how uneducated she is. I don't think I would continue to go that Dr anymore either.

Our Dr is awesome and encouraged breastfeeding as long as we are both willing.

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Old 02-22-2007, 04:42 PM   #12
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I'm so shocked by that ignorant doc I can hardly type....

PLEASE FIND A NEW PED.

I'm a family practice PA-C - not all Doc's are made equal and this lady is NOT practicing evidence based medicine. If she is behind on something as important as that - what else is she not up to date on....

Providers are only as good as their continuing medical education and their ability to listen and think...

If at all possible I would really think of finding someone new..

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thank you mama, and all the other mamas for your support!

i have decided that i will no longer be going to her. i'm going to call tomorrow and see if we can get our next appointment with someone else. there is a wonderful man that we saw one time, his wife nursed all six of their babies. hopefully he will be more supportive.
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:44 PM   #13
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My pedi would never dare challenge me seriously we have never given our dc cows milk. How can milk from a cows breast (yes I know its an utter) be better for your dc than human breast milk!!! This makes me want to meet your pedi and let her have a conversation with my dh who will set her right. The main benifit of soy over rice for small children is that soy contains more fat than rice milk. Both have the same mount of vitamin D and calcium (as long as you are buying enriched) Grr I could go on and on next time you see his pedi print out some medicall info on how great breastmilk is and bring a container of rice milk (she needs to be educated)

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i'm looking for a little support here

we had jack's one year well baby visit today, and i couldn't believe the things his ped said to me.

her: "so what is jack eating these days?"

me: "breastmilk and table food, he eats pretty much everything."

her: "you do realize that there is absolutely no nutritional benefit to nursing past one year, don't you?"

me: silence

her: (after my half a second of silence) "you REALLY need to wean him off of the breastmilk and introduce whole milk over the next three months, i'll be very concerned if he's not on whole milk by then"

me: silent head nods

my husband: "well he gets rice milk in his sippy as well" big mistake. i mean he only gets like an ounce per week for crying out loud.

her: "well that is absolute no, NO more rice milk. there is no vitamin D in rice milk, toddlers should NEVER have rice milk"

me: silence

her: "exactly how long do you plan to nurse?"

me: "i'd like to make it until two years"

her: "i find that very concerning, his nutritional needs are no longer being met by breastmilk, he needs whole milk, and if you won't do that, he needs to be on soy milk."

me: "ok....moving along...."




ok, i just had to do that! i was soooooooooo angry!!! i was seriously speechless! i mean how can she say that there is NO benefit to nursing past one year?? that's just asinine. why on earth would the WHO recommend a minimum of two years, if there were no benefit? does she think that my milk turns to water at the stroke of midnight on his one year birthday?

so mamas who nursed past one year, did anyone else get this much trouble from your ped about it? i had no plans to introduce cows milk to him for at least another couple of months, and then we were going to do it slowly. OH, and before i forget, i checked his container of organic rice milk as soon as we got home, and THERE IS VITAMIN D ADDED. one serving is 30% of the recommended daily allowance.

thanks for reading my rant, i feel better getting it out
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:49 PM   #14
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I second Gwen! That was a great way to look at it. I have had some drs in the past that didn't have a clue what they were doing w/my kids and my kids suffered! Both my oldest two came close to death! I nursed my youngest beyond 4yrs and when a dr confronted me about this, I just shook my head like I was listening and walked out thinking WTH? LOL Now mind you I was in rural IL and not much choice for a dr. Eventually I did find a good Nurse Practioner that bf'd her children too. Really, look around for a dr. You may have to try 5 b4 you find the right one! But it is so worth it when you are comfortable with the dr.
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:50 PM   #15
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When dr's turn their offices into their own soapbox it really p*$$es me off! I have never had some HUGE fondness of western medicine to begin with, but some stories I hear just make me never wanna go back to a dr again! It scares me to know that these ppl are really PRACTICING medicine! My friend's OB told her she'd need to find a new OB if she wanted to try a VBAC. So now she's going on c/s #3 and that was another limit he placed on her. No more than 3 c/s EVER! I seriously would LEAVE the practice if my OB told me that and I'm not just saying that. I actually did at 30wks over an OB telling me if I wanted an NST to check for PTL I could drive myself to the city (1hr away) and get seen there, even though we have a local hospital 20 mins away!? I didn't like the fact that my concerns weren't being addressed and just fanned away! Your desire to BF after 1yr is YOUR CHOICE. Its not like we're talking about a preschooler here, he's a BABY! You don't HAVE TO give your baby cow's milk, soy milk or anything other than breast milk for that matter! I have never BF'd past 4mos but if I did and my DC hadn't weaned at 1yr than so what! And like you said, its not like something changes your milk as soon as he's 1!

Good luck and I hope you find a good Ped or FP that cares about YOUR desires as a parent!
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:50 PM   #16
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I never discussed nursing my oldest dd with the ped once she turned one. Dd2 also nursed past a year, and it was discussed in the context of her growth issues, but the ped and her GI never said there was no nutritional value. Just that they felt she needed to wean in order to eat more solids, as clearly wasn't gaining any weight from just nursing. She is two now and weaned herself around 15 months, but when we were at the ped a few weeks ago week we saw a new doctor who asked if I was still nursing her. I thought it was nice that she thought I might be still nursing dd2, was just feeling miserable and snuggling me while dd3 nursed.
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:59 PM   #17
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I just have to say to follow what you know is best. Always question. Even the best Dr's make mistakes and the advice you were given makes me cringe. Even about the soy milk. I have BIG reservations about giving children soy milk in quantity. We are all so exposed to soy products we are already on overload.

And keep in mind that you are now giving your Jack the "Parting Gift". Breastmilk will now really benefit him in terms of immunity and fatty acitds and stuff. I have been so thankful this last year (my ds is just turning 2) that through all the teething, stomach upsets and all, that I always knew he was getting a square meal nutritionally thru my milk.

Keep up the good work, and keep following your mommy heart!
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:02 PM   #18
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I never discussed nursing my oldest dd with the ped once she turned one. Dd2 also nursed past a year, and it was discussed in the context of her growth issues, but the ped and her GI never said there was no nutritional value. Just that they felt she needed to wean in order to eat more solids, as clearly wasn't gaining any weight from just nursing. She is two now and weaned herself around 15 months, but when we were at the ped a few weeks ago week we saw a new doctor who asked if I was still nursing her. I thought it was nice that she thought I might be still nursing dd2, was just feeling miserable and snuggling me while dd3 nursed.
I think this is a good point, too, to only discuss what you want to know more about. If the dr asks, How's the eating going? Just respond:Great! No need to go into it! Or my favorite: uh huh, uh huh. Usually they keep talking.

Unless----you want to educate the poor soul----then go for it mama!
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I am glad you'll be getting a new one. :hug
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:09 PM   #20
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I agree with the PPs. You need to find a new doc. Breastfeeding isn't just about nutrition, it's also about immunity, and any doc who doesn't know that shouldn't be seeing babies. Sending the WHO info as a parting shot wouldn't hurt either. Might help some other baby she sees in her practice.
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