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Of noted importance:
MYTH: The immunities in mother’s milk are insignificant after the first few months.
FACT: The immunities in mother’s milk continue as long as nursing continues, and some of the immunities increase in concentration as baby moves toward weaning. Children who are breastfed have fewer illnesses and illnesses of shorter duration than their non-nursing peers. The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that children weaned before two years of age are at increased risk of illness.
What a jerk! It seems like many doctors are eager to blame breastfeeding when it's obvious it has nothing to do with it. Some doctors are so uneducated, which is ironic, because they should know the MOST about the health benefits of breastfeeding.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)
You really should give those articles to your MD. Doctors undereducated about breastfeeding can be dangerous to new mothers (i.e. the ones he will continue to see after you've left him for a new doc.) Mail the articles to him if you don't want to be confrontational. He needs to know he's dishing out bad advice.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
besides the articles... ask him why a child should be ripped away from the mother's milk and then given milk that is produced by a COW (ultimately, for baby cows) that has been treated so much that any antibiotic/antibacterial, etc. properties that it once had are long gone...when the mother's milk still contains those properties in an even better form--since it's made for humans instead of cows...
UGH! I'd so find a new doctor. Personally, I'd call and make a formal complaint through your insurance company AND the AAP.