Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Breastfeeding Myths {#BFBlogHop}

05 May 2012

Breastfeeding Myths {#BFBlogHop}

Before Charis was born, I NEVER thought I'd still be nursing her at 20+ months.  My goals were to:

  1. Breastfeed exclusively until she was at least 6 months.  Failed at that one, but I did my best.
  2. Breastfeed until she was at least one year.
  3. Start weaning her after she turned 1.
Thankfully, her pediatrician has been very supportive of breastfeeding, and told me, "Try to breastfeed her until she's at least two."  But by that point, he did not need to tell me that.  Unfortunately in today's society and culture, we are told that...

Toddler's should not be breastfed, and if you breastfeed a toddler that's gross.  Both of these thoughts are FALSE.  Why do we think that breastmilk is best for babies, but when your baby becomes a toddler, we tell women to stop?  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends...
Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child…  There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.
As those who have successfully breastfed, we should also be careful not to be critical of mom's who have decided to use formula.  I have read that moms who use formula are lazy or they don't care about their children as much as I do, etc.  We need to come back down to earth and realize, I'm not in that mother's situation.  There may be things I don't know, such as difficulties she is having.  We should be supportive of those who have decided to formula feed and realize it's up to parents on how they are going to feed their children.

6 comments:

  1. Well stated. I actually have a good friend who's a medical professional and she was telling me she feels kind of weird that her 2 year old still asks for breastmilk. I applauded her and said it was great that she was still breastfeeding. Alas, I don't think it is mutually enjoyable for mom and baby but enjoyable for child only at this point. Still though, I reminded her of the AAP and WHO statements yet we've been so used to mainstream statements about toddlers that she still feels odd.

    My mom says that she remembers drinking from her Mom and that image was odd and actually pushed her to not wanting to breastfeed any of her children. I think there is a balance that each woman needs to find whether it involves breastfeeding or not. However, good support needs to be in place to support whatever decision is made.

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  2. That's great that your pediatrician is very supportive and is following the WHO recommendation! I like to say that while I'm pro-breastfeeding, it does NOT mean I am anti-formula. There is a difference between education and bullying. I do think that when others twist my words of education have some underlying guilt to perceive it that way.

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    1. Please don't think I was referring to you. I wasn't referring to anybody on the #BFBlogHop. I have NO problem with educating people about the MANY benefits of breastfeeding.

      I was referring to comments on another blog. Other's were commenting that parents are lazy when they choose formula or that formula should be obtained only by prescription.

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  3. Oh, I know you weren't referring to me!!! Sorry if I made it seem that way! :-p thanks for the comment!

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  4. I'm glad you found me on Ravelry! I should maybe put a ravelry link on my sidebar or something......

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  5. Oh the breast-feeding debates/conversations..it's so hard to not have an opinion..and the reason we do, we are defensive of our decisions, right?

    But, yes, we need to be supportive...it stinks that anybody feels bad/wrong for the decision they have made.

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