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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
oh man this is horrible bf advice! help me stop her!<br>
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>
there's a link from that url to post your own letter, if you like...<br><br>
and here's her email as given at the end of her worthless article...<br>
[email protected] org<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>
arrgh how dare she!!!<br><br>

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That part about how "the father's opinion counts too" is also horrible IMO. Why do men think they can continue to make decisions about women's bodies? Somewhere, the AAP says breastfeeding should continue after the first year "as long as MOTHER AND CHILD desire."<br><br>
I bet her dh told her to add that bit. Who knows, maybe she weaned her children early because her dh was tired of the leaking.<br><br>
I check in with dh regarding bathtime, tooth brushing, home birth, doctor visits, and many other things, but I have never once asked him if he is OK with dd nursing at 21 months and never will.

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
actually, she has no children at all.<br><br>
so it's worth her while to make sure she believes there is no special bond or necessary relationship between mother and child.<br><br>
that way she doesn't feel too bad about missing it.<br><br>

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What is it with all these non-lactating, non-birthing people who become ob's and peds?<br><br>
(I thought it said she was an ob, right?)<br><br>
And that part about how most women find it too hard to nurse for a year, even if they stay home? Why would that be? Because everyone gives them lame advice?

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joyberryjoy wrote:<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;">i found out this woman was the first woman president of the AAP!!!</td>
You're kidding??!!! You'd think they'd be interested to hear what crap their ex President is peddling. Maybe they can make her take a refresher course.

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joyberry has this tread going on activism too. I posted my letter there. In case anyone is interested, here is is again!<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 develops 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 at higher 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 research-backed information is best received from an<br>
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or<br>
at <a href="http:" target="_blank">,</a> or <a href="" target="_blank"></a><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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