Brenda - posted on 07/13/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
So I went to my two month appointment with Nick (who I am very proud to say hasn't had a drop of formula, go us!). He's up to 13 pnds 8 ounces and 23 inches (8 pnds 1 oz and 20 birthweight). Of course, he's in the 90th percentile for weight and 50th for height. Luckily the nurs practitioner was pretty breastfeeding knowledgeable and said that was good because breastfed babies are heavier at first and lose it faster later on. I'm thinking, awesome. She wasn't ideal (not pro co sleeping, but whatever, how many modern doctors or NPs are these days...) Then she started talking about vitamins, which was okay, don't mind giving him vitamins, and says to use as long as I'm BF however long that is. I said, well we're hoping to go until he self weans, but at least a year I'm sure. She asks if my other son was breastfed and I say no I couldn't with him, and she says well, we'll see what happens when he gets his teeth in. Then she says but you can always put him on a cup then too.
I'm like, okay, so by saying this you're validating every mom who has thought for a second when their child is teething, that there is no solution other than to wean at that point. I'm well aware that it is difficult for many women when the baby gets teeth, but it isn't impossible. Come on lady, I thought, some support for my decision to practice extended breastfeeding would be nice. No wonder most women I know don't go past six months (or like my WIC LC said, past the first couple weeks) if this is the type of information and support they get from their pediatricians. I'm not bashing moms who wean when the teeth come in, that's their choice, but I am really saddened by the lack of support for those who want to try to keep going through it. That one simple comment could turn many women away from trying at all once their child nips them the first time while nursing. I mean, it can't be that horrid. There's a lady on another due date club I'm in who had a baby born with neonatal teeth! So she had to learn to latch, and start feeding a baby with teeth that can't learn NOT to bite down yet! I'm just flustered by this. Sorry just had to rant a bit...
(xposted to Breastfeeding is Love)