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Old 07-24-2011, 05:18 AM   #11
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I would be looking for another nutritionist. Perhaps a woman who nursed her own children if you can find one.
Honestly, my brains shut down when people start in on this. I got it from everywhere with DS. Like it freaking matters. Even the U/S tech for DS2 asked why I didn't stop at 12m. uh.... because I didn't want to? Hows that? How would they feel if I questioned their motives for not nursing till 2? Punks.

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Old 07-24-2011, 09:19 AM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. I have tried her with soy milk but I have been noticing that she gets night sweats on days she drinks more than 8 oz of soy milk. I basically give it to her at meal times in a cup but I think I will just thaw out my BM instead for her in a cup.

I like the idea of giving her a binder of info on breast feeding. I basically bawled at that appointment when she asked me if she told me right now what would work to get my DD to eat more and increase her iron would I do it even if it involved stopping nursing. Of course I said I wasn't sure but of course if someone gave me a miracle I would stop nursing if it would fix everything. But I just know in my heart it wasn't the right thing to do. Not to mention my DD threw the worst tantrum I have ever seen her throw right after the nutritionist mentioned to stop nursing. Coincidence??? I didn't think so.

The problem is around here she is the "Guru" of nutrition and allergies especially in young children. There really are not that many other nutritionists that understand food allergies. But you know I knew most of what she told me at the meeting before I got there. Mostly from talking to moms on here and in my allergy support group.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:41 AM   #13
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The nutritionist is not a dr. she may be a medical professional, but she does not over rule 2 dr's. I personally would tell her so. If it makes you feel more comfortable, then get your ped and or allergist to write a note on RX paper that they strongly recommend continuing bfing. I don't think she could say much to that. And since I know you said that her iron is ok now, I would show her those results as well, and basically say thanks for the info, we seem to be doing ok now(unless there is another reason you are seeing her). Kind of a don't call us, we'll call you approach.
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That nutritionist is totally wrong. The lactoferrin in breastmilk binds to iron in breastmilk to make it the most easily absorbed iron. Babies absorb something like 80% of the iron in breastmilk vs. 25% of the iron in formula. She does still need your milk, especially with allergies. Your milk also helps support her immune system and decreases the risk/severity of allergies. She needs to thumb through a good lactation text. Definitely not a "Guru" if she is suggesting allergic children stop breastfeeding! Stopping breastfeeding is appropriate only in rare circumstances where babies have inborn errors of metabolism. This would have been discovered in the newborn period if your child had anything like this. Your IBCLC should be able to provide resources to support extended breastfeeding and breastfeeding with allergies.

I'd ask for a referral to another nutritionist. Just like MD's, there are good and bad. My DD2 has Celiac and we've seen both sides of it.
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