“READ the article - the child was PRETENDING to breastfeed! My son pretended to breastfeed while I was breastfeeding his little sister, with a doll. And please, don't trot out the tired "peeing in public" parallel. Feeding a child is NOT the same.”
alexanderten on Jul 27, 2012 at 23:32:20
“Are you serious? I know how this looks pretending or not!!!! I wouldnt let my son pretend on a doll either. If the two of you allow that behavior fine just don't put your kids in harms way by letting people take pictures of it and posting on the internet.”
“This is absolutely ridiculous! It is absolutely NORMAL for children to imitate their mothers breastfeeding! Even my son imitated breastfeeding. It's the SAME as pretending to bottle feed a baby - you wouldn't find that disgusting or inappropriate! Ugh, I am so tired of this ridiculous western culture we live in.”
alexanderten on Jul 27, 2012 at 23:03:30
“A brother or sister sucking on the others nipple is wrong by anyone's standards. Breastfeeding is normal between a mother and child. I have a son and I would not have allowed that. I taught him not to pee in public also.”
locohot on Jul 27, 2012 at 23:03:00
“Then leave...go to Europe...”
eve mahar on Jul 27, 2012 at 23:01:52
“fanned and faved, my feelings exactly. Europeans would think this so beyond ridiculous! As do I!”
“Spoken like a typical teacher - you assume EVERYONE learns by watching first. Not everyone learns best in the same way. There are people who learn best by just jumping right in. I am often one of those people - for instance, I have almost never been shown how to use a computer program, I jump right in, mess around, and learn. I even taught myself Autocad that way :) And in Science, why NOT jump right in and DO an experiment, and then discuss the principles you OBSERVED?!”
kingston401 on Jan 12, 2013 at 06:54:03
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Vigorously mix KClO4 with S; then, and after the loud noise and your head clears, tell me what you've learned by "jumping into a problem without "prior introduction" of some type.
Engineers don't "jump right in" before they design a bridge--it takes a little "book 'learnin first".”
Warhammer Jones on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:38:43
“That works fine for an intuitive computer program. Go try to learn chemistry on your own. Start mixing those chemicals. Will you ever learn anything about covalent bonds or Boyles Law? No, you won't. Direct instruction teaches you the collective learning of human civilization. To think you can go discover even a tiny fraction of this by yourself in one lifetime is the height of arrogance. We can stand on the shoulders of giants, but only if we choose to learn from them.”
Dorothy Moody on Jan 7, 2013 at 14:38:31
“It helps to get the students engaged and excited when the lesson starts out with an activity, but we do have to be mindful of testing whether we like it or not. If we put less emphasis on testing and more on actual knowledge and the ability to demonstrate it in any way that's appropriate, classrooms would look so much different!”
“That is absolutely untrue! There are plenty of benefits! The AAFP Position Paper on Breastfeeding states:
"Family physicians should be knowledgeable regarding the ongoing benefits to the child of extended breastfeeding, including continued immune protection,(71) better social adjustment,(72) and having a sustainable food source in times of emergency." http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/policy/policies/b/breastfeedingpositionpaper.html
The benefits of breastmilk continue, for as long as the child breastfeeds.”
“The "luxury" to be an attachment parent? I am SO tired of that assumption. We were attachment parents by choice - I quit my full-time job to work from home when our first-born was born - we planned that. We scrimped and did without.”
“Yes LLLI does provide information on milk banks, however it does NOT collect OR match donors.
"If a mother is interested in donating her milk, a Leader shall provide contact information for licensed human milk banks or other regulated and medically supervised collection centers."
Here is the LLLI's complete policy related to Donating Human Milk: http://www.llli.org/release/milksharing.html”
“No chip on my shoulder, I just like the facts. I'm so glad the article you referenced quoted anthropologist Kathy Dettweiller, who has stated:
"a wealth of scientific evidence exists documenting that the benefits of breastfeeding (and the risks of artificial feeding) continue for as long as the infant nurses. Aside from the health concerns, there is now evidence that the longer a child breastfeeds, the higher that child's IQ score and school grades will be in later years, with a dose effect evident even beyond two years of nursing."
As I said, breastfeeding doesn't stunt a child's growth, to the contrary, it has many benefits. Here's another quote, from the AAFP's Position Paper on breastfeeding:
"There is no evidence that extended breastfeeding is harmful to mother or child."
The author of the article you cited doesn't seem to understand that many cultures breastfeed for long periods of time, and that most of the world's population doesn't live in the U.S. In fact even in the Western world the norm used to be extended breastfeeding - in the UK in the 1820's, many mothers were breastfeeding their 7 and 8 year old children (from "The Politics of Breastfeeding"). She also doesn't seem to believe there are mothers with older children breastfeeding - I personally know mothers who breastfed their kindergarteners, or are currently breastfeeding their toddlers and preschoolers, so they do exist in North America, even if they aren't all on a magazine cover.”
“Wow Tanya, your post is full of inaccuracies:
Breastfeeding for more than 2 years stunts your child's growth? You're going to have to back that one up with an actual study reference - that is completely contrary to scientific study. And breastfeeding doesn't mean the child isn't "consuming a wide variety of foods"!
Breastmilk isn't donated to La Leche League, LLL does not take milk donations, that's the arena of Milk Banks.
Breast milk DOES change to meet the needs of the child - it's packed with more nutrients and antibodies as the child nurses less - this is medical, measurable fact, as is the fact that it is thicker in winter and more liquid in summer, all to meet the child's needs.
The average age of nursing worldwide is between age 4-5. This isn't because mothers have problems, but because it's normal and natural! Talk to an anthropologist.
I suggest you do some research on the La Leche League website, or the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
Tanya OaksBrooks on May 11, 2012 at 03:11:16
“As for the LLLI -- the La Leche League provides information on milk banks and helps match donors with recipients through a program called Mother to Mother. Of course the milk goes to milk banks. The Red Cross sponsors blood donations, but they don't KEEP the blood, it goes to a blood bank. There is a limit to the length of a post, and silly me, I thought that the use of milk banks was obvious.”
Tanya OaksBrooks on May 11, 2012 at 03:09:08
“My information comes from research done by the National Institutes for Health. But hey, what do THEY know, right?
Normal and natural? Letting children get a high percentage of their caloric intake from sugar is normal and natural, because children have a natural taste for high calorie foods. We evolved to desire these foods because throughout most of human history food shortages have been far more common than surplus. That doesn't mean that letting them munch on candy bars all day is a good idea.
It's clear that you get your information from web sites that promote long-term breastfeeding, and you're more interested in supporting your own beliefs than getting the facts. I really don't need to ask anyone else, since I already have degrees in biology and nutrition.
Instead of attacking me for what was a completely reasonable post citing research, perhaps you ought to stop and consider why you have such a chip on your shoulder about this topic.”