In the past ten to fifteen years, obstetricians have encouraged women to "try breastfeeding." Pediatricians have told women that "breastfeeding to six weeks is healthiest." However, the AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding to six months, continuing until one year of age, and as long as mutually desired after that. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until six months, continuing with "appropriate complementary foods up to two years or beyond."
Why, then, are so many women never breastfeeding? Why are we being told to offer our babies cereal and pureed foods at 4 months when the leading infant health organizations are recommending otherwise? Why are we being let to believe that as long as we breastfeed for six weeks, we've done the most important part?
The Supermoms (and super-lactivists) have decided a reward system is in order.
Breastfeed when baby is born? Smiley face sticker
Until six weeks? Silver star sticker
To three months? Gold star sticker
To six months? Free ice cream at lunch
To nine months? Ice cream for a week!!
To one year? Free pizza each week (on Friday. Square pizza with corn, of course)
Let your baby lead weaning? You get a state of the art, lights up when it rings, super rad, hot pink and neon green phone!