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Dr. Betty Lowe has a column in the Benton County Daily Record where she dispenses 'health information.' Today's article is about weaning...her basic comments are that the benefits of breastfeeding are only for the first 3 - 4 months and that " should be weaned and transition to a cup and solids..." shortly after 1 year of age!!!!<br><br>
Here's a link to the article:<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br>
and here's her email...<br><br>
[email protected] org<br><br>
there's a link from that url to post your own letter, if you like...<br><br>
here's my letter...<br><br>
I'm shocked and amazed that Dr. Lowe is giving<br>
breastfeeding advice that does not agree with<br>
what the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)<br>
recommends. Most importantly, the AAP's<br>
statement regarding human milk DOES NOT state<br>
that children should be breastfed for only one<br>
year. I am quoting from the policy statement,<br>
Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, from the<br>
journal Pediatrics: "It is recommended that<br>
breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months,<br>
and thereafter for as long as mutually desired."<br>
Note especially the last part of that statement in<br>
comparison with Dr. Lowe's intimation that<br>
nursing beyond one year is not good for babies.<br><br>
Furthermore, for Dr. Lowe to say that weaning<br>
at one year is desirable for emotional reaons is<br>
flat out false. Can she provide references for<br>
that advice? Of course she cannot. The World<br>
Health Organization and UNICEF both recommend<br>
that babies be breastfed for at least two years,<br>
the AAP for at least one year--and none of these<br>
respected authorities on children's health imply<br>
that any harm will come from nursing longer.<br><br>
The truth is that breastfeeding provides a "dose"<br>
effect--the longer a baby is breastfed, the<br>
better he or she has fared on every physical,<br>
emotional, and cognitive test thus far given to<br>
determine breastfeeding's effects. Three months<br>
is better than nothing, but a year is better, and<br>
those children who were breastfed for two years<br>
did best of all in the cumulative research of<br>
more than thirty years.<br><br>
It is negligent and unethical for Dr. Lowe to<br>
give such advice to parents. I sincerely hope<br>
that others under her supervision at Children's<br>
Hospital know better than to give such misleading<br>
and irresponsible breastfeeding information, and<br>
I hope her superiors are advised how blatantly<br>
incorrect this column is.<br><br>
For mothers reading this letter who need<br>
competent advice regarding breastfeeding, I<br>
suggest you contact your local La Leche League<br>
leader--a fellow mother who has breastfed her own<br>
children and who has been accredited to give<br>
advice and support that actually IS in line with<br>
the AAP's guidelines and with current research on<br>

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Here is my letter. the email address you supplied didn't work. I had to send mine to the editor.<br><br>
Dear Editor,<br><br>
This letter is for Dr Betty Lowe, in ref to an advice<br>
column she wrote Sept 23, 2003.<br><br>
Dear Dr Lowe,<br><br>
You advice article from Monday, September 22, 2003,<br>
contains some positive breastfeeding information.<br>
Unfortunately, it also contains quite a bit of<br>
erroneous information.<br><br>
" First, breast milk is the most complete food for<br>
Fact: Breastmilk is also a complete food for the older<br>
baby and the toddler who is just starting to show a<br>
limited interest in solid food.<br><br><br>
" Another interesting point in today’s climate of<br>
increasing obesity is that breast-fed infants are less<br>
likely to be obese. This probably has to do with the<br>
caloric mix of breast milk and amount that the baby<br>
Fact: the makeup of breastmilk increases the size of<br>
fat cells without increasing the number of them as<br>
artificial baby milk (ABM) does.<br><br>
"It has been recommended by the American Academy of<br>
Pediatrics and others that infants be fed only breast<br>
milk for the first six months of life and that after<br>
six months, breast feeding should be continued until<br>
the baby is a year old, as other foods are slowly<br>
Fact: AAP recommendation says, "or as long as mutually<br>
desired," past one year.<br><br>
"Most mothers in our current society find it<br>
difficult to continue breast feeding for that length<br>
of time, even if they are staying at home with the<br>
baby rather than working."<br><br>
Fact: US women do not receive enough lactation<br>
support. They also receive breastfeeding advice from<br>
ABM manufacturers (often through their pediatricians'<br>
offices or the media), which undermines their<br>
confidence in their breastmilk's benefits.<br><br>
"The infant gets most of the breast milk benefits in<br>
the first three to four months of life as he gains the<br>
breast milk influence on immunity and develops a<br>
pattern of eating."<br><br>
Fact: Childrens' health devlops normally if fed<br>
breastmilk. A child's immune system is not fully<br>
developed until 5-6 years of age. An artifically fed<br>
baby, or toddler fed cow's milk and no human milk,<br>
will be more at risk for illness at any age, if not<br>
"An infant can be weaned from breast feeding at any<br>
age depending on the mother’s desires and the<br>
circumstances (the father’s opinion counts too!)."<br><br>
Fact: (See AAP guidelines)Can be weaned, yes. Should<br>
be, no.<br><br>
" It has been shown that regular cow’s milk in the<br>
first year of life is more prone to cause allergy."<br><br>
Fact: Cow's milk based ABM is also a common allergen,<br>
as is soy based ABM. Straight cow's milk fed to an<br>
infant can cause failure to thrive and death.<br><br>
"If breast milk is continued and solid foods are<br>
introduced at 4 to 6 months, then at 8 or 9 months of<br>
age, most infants will show interest in drinking from<br>
a cup. When a baby does this, it’s an ideal time to<br>
switch from breast to cup and parents may be able to<br>
avoid the use of a bottle, which becomes a habit in<br>
itself that must be addressed."<br><br>
Fact: Introducing a cup does not automatically make it<br>
time to switch from breast to cup. The worldwide age<br>
for weaning is 2 to 7 years.<br><br><br>
"Few mothers will continue to breast feed for the<br>
entire first year, but if you do, your baby should be<br>
weaned and transitioned to a cup and solid food<br>
shortly thereafter. Not only is this nutritionally<br>
better after the first year, but it’s also emotionally<br>
healthy from a developmental standpoint."<br><br>
Fact: Many mothers continue to nurse for a year or<br>
more. It is emotionally and physically normal and<br>
healthy for a toddler to continue to breastfeed until<br>
she outgrows the need.<br><br>
"The mother should deliberately decrease the amount of<br>
breast feeding every day, but still offer the child<br>
water, formula and small amounts of fruit juices,<br>
along with a consistently increasing amount of solid<br>
Fact: decreasing breastfeeding gradually is healthier<br>
for the mother and baby. Decreasing breastfeedings<br>
every day would not be gradual enough and might cause<br>
mastitis. Fruit juice is not neccessary for toddlers.<br>
Better choices are water and whole fruits.<br><br>
"More comprehensive information on this subject may<br>
be obtained from your physician, local library or the<br>
Fact: More information is best received from an<br>
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or<br>
at <a href="http:" target="_blank">,</a> or<br><br>
Please go to these links to obtain correct information<br>
on the benefits of toddler nursing, and how and why to<br>
wean. Thank you for helping mothers get their babies<br>
off to normal (excellent) health by breastfeeding as<br>
long as possible!<br><br>

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Her idiocy cannot be ignored. They should print a retraction, or make it clear that the comments are her opinion only and are not substantiated by research or fact, and are not shared by experts int he field.

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><b>i found out this woman was the first woman president of the AAP!!!<br><br></b></td>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> Scary to think how *she* interprets a statement that she may have helped to craft!! (The AAP position on bf)<br><br><br>
Did this bit in the article bother anyone else? The bold part.<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;">An infant can be weaned from breast feeding at any age depending on the mother’s desires and the circumstances <b>(the father’s opinion counts too!)</b>.</td>

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OK, I sent my letter to that address too, and it worked. Even more edited and "punched up."<br><br>
She was prez of the AAP when? 1952? I hope?
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