Man it's so interesting hearing all these myths out there and the problems people have bf. I get sooooo annoyed hearing mothers say comments as to why they weaned early or top up with formula mainly becuase they obviously just don't know enough about bf to keep it going. It's not their fault, more of a lack of education about how it all works. And to be honest, it is sometimes their fault as they just don't' have a committment to keep going.
One myth I get really riled up about is the whole, my baby weaned themselves at 6 months. RUBBISH!!!! Research says that babies don't usually self wean until 12 months at the earliest. It's more to do with them not needing as much bm as they are getting kj from solids. It's like mothers think, THANK GOD my baby is showing signs of disinterest so I have a reason to stop bf. It's sad.
Also, the same one mentioned here about supply. I heard a mother of a beautiful wee 4 month old that she had started giving her formula at night as she had 'run out' of milk at that time of day. She was a nurse and I felt like telling her to do some flipping reading about it and find out some facts.
Sorry if I sound a bit peeved but it really annoys me todays society and how there is this attitude to bf - like, it's inconvienient to do it. Aren't we, as women, designed to provide milk for our babies? The global average age for weaning is btwn 2 and 4yrs. In the US they say bf for atleast 12 months. Why in NZ do we have this thing about weaning at 6 months. If you get to that, you are a legend. What a load of rubbish.
I weaned my baby at 13 months and I wish i had've kept going as I really miss it. She's sick at the mo and I really wish I could offer her a feed as a comfort thing. I got really tired of people being SURPRISED I had kept going as long as I did. I was like, HELLO people, this is such a short amount of time in my life. It's not like I'm going to bf my daughter for 10 years - it's over so quickly that it barely registers as a blip on my life's radar.
Anyway, enough ranting!! Sorry if I've come across a bit cross, I just get sick of societies attitude to the whole bf debate. It just shouldn't be an issue in my opinion. We had kids to bring them up as best as we can, and bm is the best we can give them. It is hard work to start with but it just gets easier and easier.
I agree with antoher post above somewhere mentioning how over in the other thread about bottle and breast feeding that there is so much confusion and misinformation for new mums. Really hard to expect them to keep going when there is such a lack of good info for them.....