So, yesterday I took my youngest DD for her 1 yo well-child check. In general, I feel like the visits are a waste of time, but I want to have a good relationship with the Dr. should my kids ever be really sick and need his care. I was dismayed when we got to the "how/what is she eating" part of the visit and he said "current research shows that there are no benefits to breastfeeding after 9 months". Oh really?!
Of course, he backtracked quickly and said it was my choice, of course, but thought if breastfeeding was becoming too much of a burden for me, that I would be glad to know I could quit at anytime. Gee thanks, Doc!
I'm probably not going to change to a new Dr. -- he doesn't harass me much about not vaxing, and I just am not motivated to find another Dr. in my small town. My main concern, of course, is that he not pass on this bad advice to other families. But I was really shocked to hear him say this -- I live in a super-crunchy small town in WA state, where I regularly see toddlers nursing at library story time... and the Dr. has a young son of his own! I just can't imagine where he could get such nonsense... esp. with the mainstream AAP recommending 12 mo of breastfeeding.
Does anyone know what study he could possibly be thinking of? Of course, my lactivist response was pretty pathetic... I mumbled something about how anthropology and how absurd it was to substitute cow's milk for human milk (which is where the conversation originally started...since I don't give my kiddos cow's milk). I would love to come in the next time with a few studies printed for him that show the clear benefits of extended breastfeeding.