Doctor says NO

Jeanette - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I went to the doctor for my yearly physical and when my doctor asked if I was still breastfeeding (my son is 12months) I of course said YES! I am very happy with and proud of my descison to continue breastfeeding. However my doctor looked at me with like I was out of my mind and she told me that it was completely useless because breastmilk after a year only contains water. This really frustrated me and made me feel as though I may not be making the right descion. From research I've done most of it says the frist two years are the most important for breastmilk am I wrong? And should the doctor be telling me the real facts?

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Amanda - posted on 10/16/2009

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I told my Dr. I planned to breastfeed after a year and he said almost the same thing! Said, "they start drinking milk at a year." Made me so mad. Anyway both of our Dr's are full of it! You're making the right decision! Keep at it!

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Seriously? At 1 year of age a baby does not have a completely functioning immune system yet! The antibodies contained in breastmilk alone would be a reason to keep nursing! Also the nutrition is important and I am sure your baby still loves to breastfeed! So If you want to keep breastfeeding go for it! If it was me I would find a new MD!! My Daughers GI Dr said, "breastmilk is worth 1 billion dollars, formula maybe a hundred dollars, breast milk is best"..he also said ,

"you never know breastfed maybe she will be profesor at UCLA , formula fed, maybe assistant proffesor!" LOL

Lesley - posted on 10/16/2009

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Apparently your dr is not a lactation specialist and does not care to be educated further on breastfeeding. A baby will get all it needs from breastfeeding in the first 2 years - anything after that is strictly comforting and habit. I'd tell your dr to go back to school! xox

Geralyn - posted on 10/15/2009

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My doctor told me that I could stop at 3 months because my son has gotten all the nutrients and immunity that he needs. I just kinda laughed. I was thinking to myself that he normally deals with the geriatric community, and probably hasn't had a lactating patient in a while.... When I saw him a year later, he was shocked that I was still breastfeeding. We are still going strong at 18 months.



One cool fact I learned over the last 18 months was that depending on how the baby sucked, he could get more of a watery milk for thirst and a more denser milk for for food. Babies become experts at sucking that they determine what and how much they get as needed. I am just the hugest fan of breastfeeding! Love it!!!! And so does my son....

Rebecca - posted on 10/15/2009

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Seriously, I would look at getting a new doctor. If you are more educated than the doctor, then something is amiss. You are right, continued breastfeeding is very important and precious. I say, Go Girl!!! Do it as long as you can! Take care!

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Time to find a new doctor. I nursed my daughter until she was 2....she is now a healthy 5 year old who has only been sick one major time. My son is almost 10 months old and we are still going strong with breastfeeding. His pediatrician is encouraging me to nurse until 2 as well. No matter how long you breastfeed for, the benefits outweigh any risks...and when it comes to breastfeeding, there really aren't any risks!

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2009

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your dr is ignorant & should be replaced as soon as possible! ;) My son is 13 months & still nursing & doing GREAT!!

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do you know what a wet nurse is?? its someone who nurses other womens babies....back in the day women used to keep their milk for years and years ( i mean like 15 or more) because it was their job to nurse other womens babies....your body will make it as long as you dont let it dry up...n its all good!!

Marcy - posted on 10/15/2009

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Jeanette-
Breastfeeding moms are faced with this everyday. Its really kind of sad. he thing that would worry me to be honest with you is that if the doctor you are going to is feeding you with this type of niformation about something that is clearly not accurate what other types of information are you going to be given from her perspective. I guess if I was in your shoes I would look to switch doctors...simply because I would be worried about the type of care I was getting overall. Good luck and do keep nursing as long as you feel like it...we are at 3 years, 3 months and no signs of stopping!

Victoria - posted on 10/15/2009

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When I was in the hospital having my son they had a channel called baby channel. My husband watch that channel the hole time we was in there some mother breastfeed there baby's til they are 5 yrs old. You do what you want never second guess yourself its your child and ever person is different. You go I can't do it when he gets teeth its all over with no more after 6 months for me.

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2009

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That is very wrong of your doctor, and it is recommended to breastfeed for 2 years so I would be finding a new doctor who actually knows what they're talking about. Well done!

Martha - posted on 10/14/2009

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I'm a breastfeeding mother and a doctor, and I'm sure you know by now that breastmilk does contain more than water after a year. You can see it! Unfortunately, not all doctors are up to date with the importance of encouraging breastfeeding. But I am, so keep up the good work!

Francesca - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think first you need to send him the AAP list of practices. The American Academy of Pediatrics says breast is best for at least 6 months and best until 2. Give him that and suggest the numerous literature s/he needs to read before spreading his misinformation further. Then find another doctor. You need to have a doctor that has your values in mind.

Jennifer - posted on 10/14/2009

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my dr is all for it she swears by the fact that brestmile contains vital fats that help the babys brian develope normally up to 2 yrs old they need certain fats for proper brain developement even formula compaies make the next step formula for that reason even wic recomends or at least used to recomend whole milk for kids till 2 for the fats in tit now i think they have changed that to lower fat content i am still bf my son at almost 14 mos he will be 14 mos the 23rd and this is the longest i have ever done it and of the 3 ids he has been by far the healthiest also it helps with their oral muscle developement and from what i hear emotional security my dr says if they are still interested go for it apperantly they still need it at the very least for the emotional comfort i say you are doing the best you can for your baby and a mom always knows her child the best anyway good luck!

Megan - posted on 10/14/2009

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I HATE it when doctors say things like that! (sorry it drives me insane that they think they can say things like that when they know that it is completely false for them to say!) I am still breastfeeding my daughter who is now 21 months and I am very proud of it. I have been through many things to get her to nurse in the beginning and even a medical condition and it was hard, but I have never been prouder because I know that its whats best. I say that you keep nursing him until you are ready or he is ready to wean. You are right, it is the first two years that are most important. Even at 2 years old they are still receiving antibodies and nutrients that are important to them. Good job for going that long! I hope you continue! Good luck!

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Your doctor is a twit! Is this the doctor that your child goes to or just you? If it's just your doctor and you like her other than the breastfeeding issue then I'm not sure I would switch doctors... just ignore her on this.



I'm not sure though since I haven't gone to MY doctor since my son was just a couple of weeks old... His doctor still supports us breastfeeding (he's 1.5).

Jeanette - posted on 10/14/2009

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Thank-you so much ladies! I feel so much better now! And I got a laugh!! Time to find a new doctor!!

Kerry - posted on 10/12/2009

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thats so funny...all i can do is laugh!!!

AND THEY WENT TO UNIVERSITY????

Minnie - posted on 10/12/2009

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LOLOLOLOL- breastmilk only contains water after 12 months? Give your doctor the boot.

Doctors are specialists in diagnosing and treating illnesses- I would never take lactation advice from a doctor- that's what an IBCLC or a la leche league leader is for.

Carla - posted on 10/12/2009

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Tell your doctor that the world health organisation recommends breastfeeding until the age of 2.

Carrie - posted on 10/12/2009

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Sorry your doctor is clueless. You could send research articles to her if you want to, but I don't know if it would do any good. Mine never said a word either way, but one of the NPs once told me "good for you!" when we were still nursing at 18mo.



Hang in there and trust yourself.

Danielle - posted on 10/11/2009

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you should be proud, well done.

i think some doctors haven't read the newer research regarding breast feeding and still refer to what they learnt in med school.

you have done your research and you know that it is good to go for 2 years if you can so stick with it if you want and just smile and nod when your doctor tries to give you the wrong information

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