Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pediatricians may be undermining breastfeeding goals

When Nate was about seven months old I changed pediatricians. There were a lot of factors that went into that decision. While it wasn't at the top of that list, their general attitude toward breastfeeding wasn't what I hoped or expected and that bothered me. Since breastfeeding was (and still is) important to me,  I made sure to be informed and well read on the issues surrounding nursing. Because I began my breastfeeding experience career adventure with the conviction to do everything in my power to make it work, I wasn't deterred by less-than-supportive NICU staff (that's another story) or our first pediatricians. But becoming a new parent can be an especially vulnerable time. Which is why I think it's important to be aware of the messages sent by the people you rely on and decide whether those messages undermine or support your own personal breastfeeding goals.

You can read more in my Examiner.com article, "Pediatricians may be undermining breastfeeding goals" here.  I'd love to hear your own experiences on the subject either here or at Examiner.com. What are your breastfeeding goals? Is your pediatrician supportive? As for me, I plan to nurse well into kindergarten. I want to show up with my milk and cookies for snack time. I just don't know about that "bring enough for everyone" rule. Okay, I'm totally kidding about the kindergarten thing. Not that there'd be anything, um, wrong with that...

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In other news, we have a winner for the IntelliCeuticals giveaway:

Congrats to #12 - leahsmama! I'll be contacting you via email for your mailing address.





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