Katie - posted on 07/29/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
Americans are welcome too, but this is a question for those not from the states...
I know that nursing everywhere else is much more accepted and/or encouraged compared to how it is here in the states, so I'm curious about what toddlers are like physically being exclusively breastfed for so long and it being the norm.
I've posted before (here, I think) about how my daughter (18 mths old) who is primarily breastfed, though she does eat some solids, but she she nurses more than eats solids. Anyways, at 18 mths she weighed in at 17 kg (37.48 lbs) and she measured 85 cm (33.46 in). Her doctor is worried, they did blood work to test her cholesterol, thyroid, metabolism, etc and it all came back normal. Now they are talking about sending her to a dietitian... an 18 mth old! I've had women from an older generation, back when breastfeeding was more common here, tell me not to worry. That their own children were breastfed for years, they were all 'tubs', and they all grew out of it.
I'm just so worried. The solids she does eat are healthy. I just don't know what to do, and I feel like I'm doing something wrong. Her doctor even implied that its because she is still nursing. Absolutely no juice or 'treats' of any kind. (which is rare here anyways, but if her older brother gets it, she doesn't get left out). Oh, and she told me that my daughter would probably struggle with her weight her entire life.
I guess I'm just curious about the chubby toddlers in your country who are still breastfed and if its a normal thing or not? Thanks.