HV said no vitamins in bm after 6 months

(29 Posts)
Jezzabell Sat 16-Feb-13 07:11:46

Went for dd's one year health/development review the other day and told HV that I'm still bf morning and eve, although to be honest I don't know why I ever talk to hv's everyone I've seen has been useless and really non committal about answering any questions I have (NHS Gestapo as my DH calls them!) Anyway after I told her that, she specifically said that there were no vitamins in bm after 6 months. I'm relatively clued up about most things and thought at the time this was rubbish, but didn't want to challenge her at the time with no evidence to back me up. I've since done a little online research and Kellymom brought up this:
kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/ebf-benefits/

In particular-
In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
29% of energy requirements
43% of protein requirements
36% of calcium requirements
75% of vitamin A requirements
76% of folate requirements
94% of vitamin B12 requirements
60% of vitamin C requirements
– Dewey 2001

So she is giving out wrong information, it seems specifically to try and discourage me from bf still??!!

I'm a bit annoyed about this as there may be other bf mums who take the HV's word as gospel and this could be discouraging them from continuing bf when the might be happy to.

I'm thinking about writing a letter of complaint, to a relatively high level as I think this is wrong. Not sure who it should be sent to. Any thoughts/suggestions?

bran Sun 17-Feb-13 19:52:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

munchkinmaster Sun 17-Feb-13 19:56:07

Sorry didn't mean to be flippiant re vitamin deffuciency. Hadn't thought could be a real problem for some. I just feel that I'm puting a varied diet down in front of her and she will eat what she eats so I don't see the point of stressing.

whyno Sun 17-Feb-13 20:29:43

Last year one HV told me my DS (4 months at time) should be be fully weaned by then. I started taking her advice only to get a horrified reaction from the next one I saw. I avoid HV's like the plague now.

Booboostoo Sun 17-Feb-13 21:37:00

I don't want to stress anyone but I too was relaxed before we, coincidentally, found out about DD's iron deficiency. She was 16mo, still bf but eating all sorts of solids (never had any sugar, avoided salt), however she was severely iron deficient, to the point where had we not done something about it, it could have caused long term damage.

Having read up about it now iron deficiencies in babies/toddlers are much more common than I was aware of.

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