So, I had my premie evaluated when he was an actual age of 10 months, adjusted to 8 months of age. The evaluation was done by the county to see if he qualifies for free state services. (Luckily, he doesn't. He's developing great and was at about the 10 month level.
What bothered me was the "nutritionist" and her evaluation. She gave me a whole lecture on weaning and how I need to wean my baby and I should avoid "nipple misuse" and breast feeding should only be used for nutrition. She said, "it's time to move on from breast feeding" and you don't want the baby "getting stuck on the breast" and you want to avoid prolonged breast feeding as a poor nutritional habit. Additionally, using he breast as a pacifier is nipple misuse.
The whole writeup she gave me is horrible and it's clearly discouraging breastfeeding. (And, you don't want to hear about the advice to Ferberize my baby to get him to sleep through the night. I told her we weren't interested.) Also, the recommended "daily menu" she gave me for a 6-12 month old only had breastfeeding 3 x's!
Anyways, I consider myself a pretty experienced, educated breast feeder. Luckily, I know enough to ignore bad advice. But, it bothers me that this is the woman the county is using for infant nutritional advice. Another, less certain mom, may actually take this horrible advice.
I want to call her out on giving this bad advice, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Any advice?
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