That's interesting about the advice changing to 'after' six months in 2003. I had DS1 in Feb 2003, and distinctly remember being told that the current advice was four months then (I remember because I had a discussion with the HV about it, because I'd read that the WHO recommended 6 months and she said then that official advice was still 4 months).
Was she talking rubbish then? I got the impression that the advice changed in 2004.
I has DS1 in December 2004 and he was breastfed - he gained weight very fast and i was told by my HV at only 16weeks that he needed solids because the veg contains less calories and that he needed a filling meal with less calories so he didn't put on weight so fast - I was worried (looking back now, he was chubby but not as big as some of the FF babies) and going on the advice of that HV i tried him with some veg - he CLEARLY wasn't ready and i went with my instincts and followed his lead - every few weeks i would try him again, but he didn't want any and wasn't interested until he was 6mths anyway.
So, should I have complained then about her advice? Also, looking at the baby food jars (which I don't like anyway) they say from 4-6mths!
DS2 is just 5mths and going strong on brestmilk alone until 6mths. I was however asked by a HV 2weeks ago how weaning was going! It annoys me when HV's seem to give out the wrong information all the time - and i read so many bad stories about HV's on here - there are a few good ones, but it just seems like many aren't good and need urgent re-training.
They say 4-6 months because of a legal loophole, from what I can gather. I will find some proper research and things to back this up and put it on the blog, but apparently the manufacturers were given extra time to change their labels to from 6 months but will have to have changed by a certain time.
I think HVs are a large part of the problem tbh (with apologies to all clued-up HVs - I know there are some!)
Makes my blood run cold to hear the Tories advocating a vast increase in HVs and the amount of time they spend with new parents - lots of extra opportunities for misinformation! Unless of course the Tories plan to spend £££s on lots of lovely retraining <snowball/hell emoticon>
She's always off sick and when she is there she just has a really half hearted attitude - TBH on my second baby, now I just go there for his jabs when he needs them. I get him weighed by the HV at my Breastfeding group. She's a very good HV. If it wasn't for my doctors being very good we would have changed surgery. I am a bfing support peer and it annoys me to hear her telling bfing mums to "top-up" their babies feeds with 3oz of formula because they were too hungry!!! I had a problem with my right breast (well i didn't but DS1 did) and he only fed from the left side! i was worried and i told my HV and she told me my milk would probably dry up and to use formula - i was so upset, but didn't take her advice anyway thankfully, and actually managed to feed him for 15mths just off the left!
VS - thats a typical quote from a typical HV - that information could be used at any time during the baby's first 6mths! Many babies wake for a feed during the night! And from experience that is what typically happens during the millionsof Growth spurts that a baby has!
I've been really lucky this time round with my HVs and MW, DS2 lost 15% of his birth weight, and there was no call for top-ups. He was sleeping terribly for a while, up every 45 minutes the first thing she said was 'this isn't a sign for weaning. They also know who gill rapley is and support exbf.
OMG - its worse than i remembered - she actually dicussed weaning with me when he was only 11+/52!!!
08.03.2005 - 11+/52 - Clinic visit for wt. X feeding well, good weight gain, weaning discussed 22.03.2005 - 13+/52 - Clinic visit for weight and imms. Weaning discussed 19.04.2005 - 17+/52 - Clinic visit for weight. Wt 17lbs 13.5oz. Weaning discussed. 17.05.2005 - 21+/52 - Clinic visit for weight. Diet discussed
AT NO POINT DID SHE EVER TELL ME THAT THE RECOMMENDATION WAS 6MTHS!!!! I'm REALLY annoyed now looking back that she had every opportunity to inform me of the correct guidelines but she failed - is it too late to complain do you think?
Have they really stopped handing out bounty packs in some hospitals? That's very interesting!
On a different note, my local MP is Patricia Hewitt, the former minister for health, I have contacted her before when I was having problems with the CSA, and she was very helpful and the matter was cleared up within a couple of weeks!! Do you think it's worth drafting a letter to her re. early weaning. Esp. as I know our area is an early weaning/low bf rates area??
Not yet sure what we could achieve with it, but it's just a thought.