Extended Breastfeeding Is Like Giving Babies Soda

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Extended Breastfeeding Is Like Giving Babies Soda
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Thu, 05-23-2013 - 9:13pm

"If your toddler decided that she wanted to spend all day eating sweets, watching television, and going to bed at midnight, would you say, 'Well that's your choice'? No!"

The mother on set says, "But those are all bad things, though," and Clare has the audacity to decree: "Breast milk beyond the age of 2 isn't necessarily good because it's very, very sweet, and giving sweet things to a child as a comfort every time she falls over ... the fact that it's breast milk doesn't make it any better than a glass of Coca-Cola." 

Read more: http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/113300/extended_breastfeeding_is_like_giving

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Ha ha ha!! Someone thinks that breastmilk is similar to Cola because it is sweet? Really? Cola has ZERO nutritional value. Breastmilk has 100% nutritional value. Formula has what? 20%, 50%, 10%? What on earth is the similarity to breastmilk. Oh, geez. OK. I'll look at the link.

I tell ya, like a scab...

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Formula feeders do it with a shake and a shimmy!

Frankly, I like the motto. This Stir article has more good than bad or ugly, IMO.

http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/136438/stop_feeling_guilty_about_not


Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

I am not one that would have breastfed up to 2 years old anyways so I'm not the best person to be giving an opinion on this. But I do have to wonder how breast milk can be compared to soda. If I was forced to make a choice I would definitely give my toddler breast milk over soda. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Welcome Karla!

To me, it seemed they were saying that giving in to your child to breastfeed over a certain age, was like giving in to giving them soda - both simply a bad habit.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010

I enjoyed this article. Or blog entry, whatever it's called.

As someone who believes in full-term nursing, I think moms should have support, at least from their immediate families and pediatricians. No one needs a buttinski relative saying "You're too old for that!" directly to the child (my mother did this to both my kids). But I think that support from the medical community at least till age 2 is appropriate, and that if a pediatrician disagrees with the mom's decision he or she should keep their mouths shut, unless they know the mom is on drugs or something incompatible with nursing. After 2, most women don't nurse their kids out in the open anyway (probably because they know they are doing something controversial). I wouldn't nurse my 4 y/o anywhere but at home, and only at bedtime anyway, so it's not like I need support from the community or the ped, or anyone really.  I'm secure enough in my decision not to give a rat's behind if someone thinks I'm disgusting for "still doing that." But not all women are, and that's a shame.

Kevali


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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sat, 06-08-2013 - 10:24pm

>>I am not one that would have breastfed up to 2 years old anyways so I'm not the best person to be giving an opinion on this.<<

On the contrary! I think you are better than me to comment, because you did not breastfeed to two years. Someone like me can easily be dismissed as biased because I need to "validate" my breastfeeding experience. A person who did not breastfeed that long, but agrees that breastmilk matters, has a viewpoint that is considered "balanced". Thanks for chiming in!