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That is what my friends ped told her! AAAHHH! Not to mention her babe was two months early, and the ped is telling her he has acheived "90% of the benefits" from his birth age not corrected age. As if being a preemie weren't cause enough to bf, he is also having major surgery to correct a problem with his skull fusing too soon. He is only 5 months (birth, not corrected age).<br><br>
I told her I strongly disagree with her ped, but does anyone have links to some good info or studies to show otherwise?
 

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See <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/prepare/bf-benefits.html" target="_blank">Kellymom</a> for oodles of studies.<br><br>
Your friend really needs to find another doctor and report this one to his/her practice manager, state board of medicine, and any certifying body.
 

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Well, here's my first take:<br><br>
#1: BFing does not have benefits. Formula feeding has risks.<br><br>
#2: If most of the risks end after 4 months, why do the American Academy of Family Physicians, the World Health Organization, and the Canadian Paedeatric Society recommend a minimum of 2 years of bfing, and the AAP a minimum of 1 year?<br><br>
#3: I would challeng that ped to come up with numbers to back his position. He needs to prove HIS position over that of the AAP and other world organization. How much independent research has he done on the topic?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would challeng that ped to come up with numbers to back his position. He needs to prove HIS position over that of the AAP and other world organization. How much independent research has he done on the topic?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">.</div>
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Call him on it. Ask for the research.<br><br>
And congrats to your friend for continuing to breastfeed with a health care provider who is clearly not supportive.
 

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Here's some info on bfing past one year that should blow the ped's mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Breastfeeding benefits toddlers and young children...<br>
nutritionally, immunilogically and psychologically.<br><br>
* Nursing toddlers benefit NUTRITIONALLY<br>
* Nursing toddlers are SICK LESS OFTEN<br>
* Nursing toddlers have FEWER ALLERGIES<br>
* Nursing toddlers are SMART<br>
* Nursing toddlers are WELL ADJUSTED SOCIALLY<br>
* Nursing a toddler is NORMAL<br>
* MOTHERS also benefit from nursing past infancy<br>
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Click on the link for good info.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
If her son is likely to have on-going helath concerns (and it sounds like that's true), I would be providing her with that information and encouraging her to think about whether she wants to entrust the primary care of her fragile child to a physician who is that ill-informed.<br><br>
Also kellymom.com is good for moms, but if going to the ped, I would print up info from the AAP, CDC or another major medical assocation/journal (kellymom is handy because it's all referenced!).
 
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