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Post by Squiglet on Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:15 pm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/04/28/why-i-still-breast-feed-my-son-even-though-he-s-five-115875-22217404/

Someone on another site posted this. Read what the "expert" and I use the term loosly, has to say. It really, really annoyes me because I was bullied and driven out of a place for advocating long term breastfeeding, when I was told I was sexually abusing and psychologically damaging my child by forcing her to breastfeed beyond a year...so this really touched a sore nerve and I had to complain. So I sent the following email:

Dear Editor of the Daily Mirror.

I am writing with regards to your article which appeared in your online addition of the Daily Mirror on the 28th April 2010, written by Claire Mcateer.

I would be interested to learn of the credentials which pertain to the Psychologist Dr Sandra Wheatley, who you claim specialises in parenting, as mentioned in the article. As well as the scientific studies she must have conducted or have access to, concerning the lack of health benefits to breastfeeding a child beyond six months. I also believe that the World Health Organisation would be very interested in her credentials especially as she is quoted as saying:

"as for the health benefits - the child receives all these by about six months."

I would like to direct your attention to the World Health Organisations website and their recommendations concerning breastfeeding. I quote this below.

"Infants should be exclusively breastfed i.e. receive only breast milk for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. "Exclusive breastfeeding" is defined as giving no other food or drink not even water except breast milk...WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at six months (180 days) of age in addition to breast milk"

also,

"breastfeeding should not be decreased when starting complementary feeding"

No where does the WHO state, as does your expert, that a child receives all these benefits by about six months. In fact the WHO's basic recommendation is:

"exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, other foods should complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. In addition:
breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth;
breastfeeding should be "on demand", as often as the child wants day and night; and
bottles or pacifiers should be avoided. "
Source - http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/breastfeeding/en/index.html

Please would you pass this information on to the "expert" that you nominate for your articles because she is clearly lacking in the required information to make such expert assumptions. I would also like to impress the fact that the UK has some of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the western world, yet some of the highest rates of allergies and other health problems that have been proven, by real scientific studies, to be reduced by breastfeeding. Recent evidence from studies in the United States has shown that breastfeeding, as conducted by the American Journal of Pediatrics, has shown that the lack of breastfeeding infants, in the Western world where formula is considered a safe alternative, causes 900+ deaths of infants a year. Source - http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/117/3/e380 & http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/101/5/837 & http://www.szoptatasert.hu/letolt/szak_eng/diabetes_protection.pdf

Your article, while not actually attacking breastfeeding, leans towards the fact that any parent who decides to breastfeed their child for longer than 6 months, is infact doing so, not because there are any particular benefits, but for the sake of the mothers inability to correctly parent her child. Not only that, but in doing so, they are in some way psychologically damaging that child. I do not think the Mirror quite understand what impact such a sweeping statement might have and as portrayed in the manner with which it is done, by the Daily Mirror, in fact does more harm. I would also like to see the scientific studies from which your resident expert has concluded that breastfeeding beyond a certain age does infact cause psychological damage. I have yet to find one. In fact the only evidence to which I can find that breastfeeding beyond 6 months can harm a child, is to do with tooth decay, if you choose to breastfeed your child to sleep without brushing their teeth, and that is still significantly less than doing so with artificial feeding methods.

I am university educated and a member of Mensa. As such, it is well known that any children I should have would more than likely be breastfed. The reason for this is that the more educated a mother, the more informed of a certain subject she will be and more likely to choose a decision based upon up to date, correct and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, it is the less educated and women from poorer backgrounds who are less likely to breastfeed and are really the mothers of children, who are in the most dire need of such a start in life. I was informed by my university professors, that in order to read newspapers, such as the Sun, the Mirror and the Star, you only required a minimum reading age of between 5-12 years of age and articles in these newspapers, would not be used as legitimate study for those of us attempting to procure a university education. I was subsequently linked to this article through another website concerning a discussion with regards to the financial gain the government would receive, should breastfeeding be correctly implemented, supported and medical professions, such as the one you have used, be correctly educated. As such the writers at the Daily Mirror, who aim their articles towards those from less educated/poorer backgrounds, have a responsibility to present information, especially that which could risk the health of a child, in a correct manner and not have information, as quoted from experts, which could be potentially damaging to the processes behind breastfeeding. I would also like to remind you that according to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (1981) which the formula companies must adhere to, although frequently do not, is that mothers are not discouraged from breastfeeding, as your article would do, and for your expert, she is treading a fine line with this code, simply, as it is quoted:

" The Code gives health workers the responsibility to encourage and protect breastfeeding."

Which, in my humble, opinion she has not done, and only aided more women who choose to follow the WHO's legitimate and scientifically proven advice, to feel ostracised, ridiculed and last encourage women and those around her to not support them and eventually to resort to artificial feeding methods at the increased health risks to their child.

I earnestly await your reply with the scientific evidence pertained to in your article so that I may review the evidence concerning the psychological damage extended breastfeeding does and that there are no health benefits to such beyond the age of six months. If you are unable to present this information, which I suspect you will not be able to provide, I would therefore request that you produce and errata in your up-coming edition, linked to this article or at least to adjust the information, in the said article, to reflect the currently evidence supporting breastfeeding. I will also be sending a copy of the article along with a complaint to UNICEF and the WHO.

With all due respect,
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Post by kay on Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:38 pm

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH! well done you! cheers

please please post their response if and when you get one! Laughing

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Post by Natasha on Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:02 pm

The woman only has to breastfeed for a short while to receive and retain the health benefits for her.

Wtf is she on, the longer you breastfeed the greater the benefits are! Where the hell did this woman get her education and information? Nestle school of nobheads??! (sorry it really annoys me!)


Morag what a fantastic response and much better than anything I could write

I am looking forward to seeing the daily failures reply!

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Post by kay on Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:13 pm

and that was the other thing i was meant to add - fantastically written and very articulate! Very Happy

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Post by Helen on Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:38 pm

omg the "expert" has really infuriated (sp?) me!

morag i love your response! cant wait to read the reply if you get 1
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Post by Squiglet on Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:28 pm

I hope I do get a reply. I doubt it as it's uber long...but fingers crossed Smile
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Post by indigosky2k on Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:58 pm

Seriously ... Where did that 'expert' get her information or qualifications?

I hope you do get a response Morag

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