Friday, September 20, 2013
21 mos check
Belle weighs twenty-three pounds and is in the twenty-fifth percentile for other toddlers her age. The doctor seemed pleased until she realized we are still breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has never been seen as a viable means of nutrition for Belle because she didn't visibly "thrive" off it initially. I literally had to lactate in front of people to prove I had milk and was feeding it. Even then, it was assumed my milk wasn't nutrient dense based on emotions, environment, etc. I kept breastfeeding despite being harassed, publicly humiliated and shamed. The medics thought I was too stupid to get it the hang of breastfeeding and too stupid to admit defeat and give up breastfeeding. Now Belle is twenty-one months and we are still happily breastfeeding. The doctor stressed we could continue breastfeeding as long as we are both comfortable with it and Belle is on a growth curve. Again, I know Belle's doctor doesn't credit breastfeeding with proper growth. She attributes the high calorie solid food I mixed with oil last year for Belle finally thriving. This makes me sad.