EXTENDED BREASTFEEDING, AND WASHINGTON STATE LAW

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Registered: 12-12-2010
EXTENDED BREASTFEEDING, AND WASHINGTON STATE LAW
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 4:31am

SO I HAVE 3 KIDS AGES 3 2 AND NEW BORN, AND THEY ARE ALL IN FOSTER CARE FOR THE TIME BEING, BUT MY QUESTION WAS CAN ANY ONE INCLUDING A JUDGE, OR STATE SOCIAL WORKER OR A CHILD PSYCHIATRIST TELL ME TO STOP BREASTFEEDING MY OLDEST CHILD? I WAS WONDERINGBECAUSE THE FOSTER PARENTS OF MY OLDEST AND YOUNGEST DAUGHTERS SAID THAT THE GIRLS CAN'T NURSE BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO OLD TOO, AND THAT IT IS , AND WILL MESS THEM UP MENTALLY, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE LAW SAYS IN WASHINGTON STATE AS FAR AS AGE GOES, BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT THE LAW SAYS ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE I JUST CAN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT SAYS WETHER OR NOT THERE ARE AGE RESTRICTIONS. BECAUSE I WAS TOLD TO STOP BREASTFEEDING BECAUSE THE JUDGE WOULD TELL ME TO IF I DIDN'T ON MY OWN, BUT MY OLDEST DAUGHTER JUST STOPPED NURSING,BECAUSE HER FOSTER PARENTS ARE REALLY MEAN TO HER, THEY TOLD HER I WAS DEAD WRONG FOR BREASTFEEDING HER STILL, AND THAT SHE WAS A BIG GIRL AND THAT SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, SO NOW SHE WON' T NURSE ANYMORE FOR FEAR OF HER FOSTER PARENTS TELLING HER "NO"

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Registered: 01-26-2007
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Wash. Rev. Code § 9A.88.010 (2001) states that the act of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is not indecent exposure. (HB 1590)

Wash. Rev. Code § 43.70.640 (2001) allows any employer, governmental and private, to use the designation of "infant-friendly" on its promotional materials if the employer follows certain requirements. (2001 Wash. Laws, Chap. 88)

Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.30(g) (2009) provides that it is the right of a mother to breastfeed her child in any place of public resort, accommodations, assemblage or amusement. (2009 Wash. Laws, Chap. 164, HB 1596)

Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.215 the law states that it is an unfair practice for any person to discriminate against a mother breastfeeding her child in any place of public resort, accommodations, assemblage or amusement.

These are the only laws I could find, but Washington seems very pro-breastfeeding. As far as getting your older child to nurse again, I don't have any pointers. She is probably very impressionable at that age and if her caregivers are discouraging it, it may be difficult to establish it again. Good luck and I hope everything works out the best for you and your children.
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Registered: 06-24-2010
Children over the age of one need nutrients that are not found in breast milk. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends for nutritious reasons to wean them, it's not just about "being to big for the breast,etc." but their bodies are requiring different ingredients. And from a social perspective should probably be drinking out of a cup by that age.
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Registered: 03-14-2010
I have never heard that babies " need " to be weaned by the age of one. Sure they require different foods and elements, but that does not mean that they will not still benefit from breastfeeding. As long as child gets enough vitamins from other foods breast milk will still provide them with antibodies and needed fats, as it changes with the child to accommodate his needs. In fact there are tons of studies showing that the longer a child breastfeeds the healthier and smarter they are. In some not developed countries the rate of childen's death increases significantly once they are weaned, just because they are not protected by mothers immunity anymore. In the country where I'm coming from it is strongly recommended by Academy of Pediatrics to breatfeed your child to at least two years old, or as long as both mother and baby are willing to do it. In fact weaning your child ealier then he/ she is ready may
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Registered: 03-14-2010
I have never heard that babies " need " to be weaned by the age of one. Sure they require different foods and elements, but that does not mean that they will not still benefit from breastfeeding. As long as child gets enough vitamins from other foods breast milk will still provide them with antibodies and needed fats, as it changes with the child to accommodate his needs. In fact there are tons of studies showing that the longer a child breastfeeds the healthier and smarter they are. In some not developed countries the rate of childen's death increases significantly once they are weaned, just because they are not protected by mothers immunity anymore. In the country where I'm coming from it is strongly recommended by Academy of Pediatrics to breatfeed your child to at least two years old, or as long as both mother and baby are willing to do it. In fact weaning your child ealier then he/ she is ready may only harm them. Sorry for repeating, my son is helping me type :)