Wednesday, October 08, 2008

This was a question on Babble.com today.


"Why don't pediatricians, and OB-GYNs for that matter, get educated about breastfeeding?! Mine promote the heck out of it, congratulate me for keeping up with it, and were quick to criticize me at the mere mention of weaning before my daughter turns one, yet can't hold an intelligent conversation about it, let alone answer questions. And I was shocked by the question you ran a couple of weeks ago about a doctor who criticized the "richness" of a mother's milk. Is there any movement within the medical community to get doctors up to speed? I thank my lucky stars that my community has an amazing lactation consultant who provides her services at no charge. But she'd have a lot more free time if there'd been someone in the hospital after delivery to give me some proper training. — 4 Out of 5 Doctors Don't Have a Clue!"

This is why we have La Leche League.

1 comment:

a birth activist said...

True enough. It is mind-boggling, isn't it? I love breastfeeding me even I bought into some of the hogwash (that there is a weaning window of opportunity between a year and 18 months) that my doctor told me with Isabelle. And she had breastfed her own kids and was pretty pro-breastfeeding!

Heh, I guess since Liam is two, he is going to breastfeed forever since we missed the "window"

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