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 September 18, 2005 5:45 PM

I posted this on the Nursing Connection and have gotten some great responses...but I figure the more input I get the more I ensure a successful nursing relationship with my boy!

Well, I’ve almost made it to the one-year mark (my son will be turning a year on the 24th~So hard to believe!) and now I’m clueless as to how our nursing relationship may or may not change in the next coming years. Like, how do you know when the child is self-weaning? Do you continue to follow their cues as to when they want to nurse? Do you offer the breast as often as you do during the first year? Is cow’s milk REALLY necessary (this one I know the pediatrician will push on opinion: human milk for human babies!!)?

What are some of your all’s personal experiences with extended breastfeeding? I intend on letting him breastfeed for as long as he wishes (he shows no signs of wanting to quit), and I want to ensure that this is possible and that I not inadvertently sabotage this wonderful aspect of our relationship…

Thank you for any advice or input!

~Stephanie & Luke

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 September 19, 2005 5:49 AM

I continued to respond to their cues. They don’t breastfeed as often during the second year as they do during the first. They definitely do NOT need cow milk!! A good rule of thumb with pediatricians is to ignore everything they say about diet and lifestyle. Because guess what? They have ZERO training in those areas! You don’t have to suddenly start doing things differently on your child’s first birthday. Your child’s breastfeeding habits will change very gradually. Just follow your child’s lead. J  [ send green star]
 September 19, 2005 7:54 AM

Yeah, I've figured out that the doctors are completely clueless when it comes to a breastfed baby & Attachment Parenting.  I use to challenge them (and still do when I'm feeling punchy-lol) but I usually just nod & smile then do my own research and follow my instincts!  As a parent it's essential to know that the doctors are not always right!
Thanks for responding!
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 September 28, 2005 10:30 PM

I breastfed my first almost exclusively for a year.  From the time he got teeth, my mother started the "so, are you going to get him on a bottle now?"  The pediatrician seemed supportive of breastfeeding, and the folks at WIC were all over it, although the "government" did start providing cow's milk at age 1....  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Luann September 29, 2005 4:32 PM

Yeah, WIC coupons, they make no sense to me...all that cereal and juice for the first year, then the milk for the second-completely goes against what I know about successfully maintaining a breastfeeding relationship with my child!  Although, the health department has been extremely supportive about breastfeeding--on the other hand, the pediatrician I saw for Luke's 1 year appointment kept asking me if I was sure I had enough milk! GRRRR
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 September 30, 2005 9:01 AM

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 September 30, 2005 9:40 AM

"the pediatrician I saw for Luke's 1 year appointment kept asking me if I was sure I had enough milk! GRRRR" I’d be tempted to ask him if he’s sure he’s got enough brains!  [ send green star]
Alice... September 30, 2005 2:25 PM

Yeah, I know, I thought of a million replies after I left the doctors office... all very witty, but instead I gave an incredulous "Yes, I do!"... I'd already done battle over the fact that I had declined giving him the Flu & Chicken Pox vaccine.

It's amazing how ignorant some doctors can be about breastfeeding (the pediatrician I go to is a teaching office for "almost there Peds."--and usually I get pretty open minded doctors...not this time though).  You'd think the schools would educate up coming doctors on the subject considering it lowers childhood illnesses!

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