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#1 of 9 Old 05-01-2008, 04:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mamas,

I'm hoping (okay, knowing) you guys can point me in the direction of some good info on the value of breastfeeding beyond the one year mark. It not for me, it's for a women who posted on another board saying her pediatrician told her the only value after 12 months is for bonding purposes. Her babe is dropping in the %chart stats and the ped is pushing less breast more cows milk.

I know I heard that same kind of line when my guy was little, and while I don't have any scientific evidence, I'm SURE his 3 years of nursing were good for him both emotionally and physically.

What say you wise mommies?

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Wow...it always astounds me that some doctors have zero common sense. Goes to show you how brainwashed most pedis are by their piss poor lactation training.

Definitely look on kellymom.com for the studies, but COME ON: the day your dc turns one your breastmilk loses all of it's nutritional value????? How could that possibly happen? Yes, the milk changes as your child's needs change (that's the beauty of it), but to say it has no food value and to imply that you are simply indulging the baby's emotional needs by continuing to bf is poppycock, pure and simple. Not to discount the emotional component of bf, but GEESH.

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It provides the exact same benefits as it did one month earlier.

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It provides the exact same benefits as it did one month earlier.
And if there's less QUANTITY of milk there's more QUALITY in it. It's jam packed with fats and nutrients!

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Thanks mamas! I knew you'd have good stuff. Seriously, how can doctors be so ridiculous?!
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Looks like you have lots of good info, but I wanted to add some anecdotyl information. I had planned to breastfeed for one year, and then when that year came and went, I saw how much my DD still needed to nurse, and kept going. When she was 18 months old she came down with a case of the Rotavirus from daycare. I took her to our family doctor (who I had specificially chosen when we moved because he is pro-breastfeeding). I talked to the NP first, and when the doctor came it she told him I was still nursing, he looked at me and said "Good, that is the best thing for her." DD went to exclusive breastfeeding while sick, and got better quickly. I heard of other children ending up in the hospital with dehydration from the Rotavirus and I am certain that would have happened to my DD if I had not been breastfeeding, as she does not drink pedialyte, won't touch it. She is still nursing at 2.5, and while I am sure that it is a great bonding tool, she is still getting nutrition from my milk.
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At my DD's 2-year well child visit they asked if I was still nursing and I said yes. That was the only discussion about nutrition until a bit later I asked about vitamins and my Doctor said they don't recommend them if the child is growing well and that my DD was already eating better than most kids her age. And all she knew was that she was still nursing and appeared healthy.

Also take a look at the WHO growth charts for breastfed children. It's different than the US charts which includes both formula and BF children. The BF kids tend to be thinner than formula kids.
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