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"You're only supposed to breastfeed until they're one"

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM
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Yes, that's exactly what my doctor told me today. I was in the hospital a week ago for a couple of days because of a horrible virus and had to get a follow up appointment. I go in and he was asking me how I was doing, he asked about my yeast infection that he had prescribed me Difulcan over the phone for, I said it was gone and breastfeeding is much more comfortable now.

(I had my boys with me) he looked at my younger son and said "How old is he?" I said that's he was almost 14months old. He gets this clouded look, sighs, shakes his head and says "Mmmmm.....you're only supposed to breastfeed until they're one", I let him know it's recommended to breastfeed until they are 2. He shook his head like I was a silly little girl that didn't know what I was talking about and says "I'm pretty sure it's one. Plus he has teeth, it's going to mess up your nipples." o.O I let him know I taught my child not to bite and my nipples are completely fine, and that nutritionally babies need some type of milk until they are two so it might as well be my milk that was made perfectly for him. He then asked if I was at least giving him solids, I said yes, 3 meals a day because that's what he wants. He looked so relieved and said "Well, that's good. We don't want him to get malnourished. I've never met anyone that's breastfed that long." Seriously? Apparently this guy is blind, my son is 27lbs, walking, talking(like really talking, putting phrases together and can say at least 70 words), most people think he's a lot older than he really is. I asked him if he even had a baby, he told me yes a 6month old and his wife was breastfeeding her. I told him that he and his wife needed to go home and do some research about the benefits of breastfeeding full term because he had been poorly informed. He just kind of stuttered and mumbled and finished up everything. I swear if I hadn't educated myself and knew exactly what I was talking about he could have made me feel really ashamed and stupid. 

 

by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jul. 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM
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Good for you!

jackiewal10
by Silver Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

What an idiot!  O.o

GoodyBrook
by Silver Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Seems he missed the breastfeeding lecture at school--or didn't bother to take notes.  Let's hope he informs himself for the sake of his own child...

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM
At least his baby is still young. His misinformation hasn't come into play yet.
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IrishIz
by Silver Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

And if somebody ever said "you aren't supposed to formula feed" what kind of response would that get?  And heck...it is the truth.  You and your baby aren't designed to formula feed.  People would flip out on their doctor for saying that.  So what makes anyone think it is okay, expecially a doctor, to say you aren't supposed to nurse beyond a certain age?

And he's concerned about your nipples?  WTF...he's a ped...he can leave nipples alone.

Glad you stood up to him!

Junebaby18
by Nannerz on Jul. 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM
Your son looks soooo malnourished! lol
Does he have red hair?
mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Jul. 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM
I really expected this doctor to be 89 years old or something. I'm shocked he had a baby of his own and can't believe he's not et seen a baby over a year still nursing, though I can see why if that's the advice he's giving people. Not that if matters but is this guy a family doctor or a specialist of some kind? Quite pitiful though.
lillybug222
by Bronze Member on Jul. 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM
Good for you! And maybe as a doctor, he really will research & inform future patients correctly!
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ProudMommaBear
by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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wow...i don't breastfeed and even I'm not that uneducated!

twogirl91
by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

It's my PCM, I've been switched through 4 different doctors in the 2.5 years I've been in SC. My husband is in the Navy so I see the military doctors. Most of them aren't that great. He looked pretty young about 27 at the oldest.


Quoting mostlymaydays:

I really expected this doctor to be 89 years old or something. I'm shocked he had a baby of his own and can't believe he's not et seen a baby over a year still nursing, though I can see why if that's the advice he's giving people. Not that if matters but is this guy a family doctor or a specialist of some kind? Quite pitiful though.



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