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Getting the feeling my HV is going to......

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McDreamy Tue 02-Jun-09 21:10:42

....apply the pressure when it comes to weaning. I get DD 16 weeks weighed regularly but on the last couple of occasions her first question has been

"Is she showin any signs of wanting to wean?",

"er no because she is only 16 weeks and was born at 38 weeks, she is in no way ready to wean"

to which she replies "well look out for it and start if she needs it"

I have no intention of starting until she is 6 months but I am getting the feeling the pressure might be applied in the weeks to come.

DH suggested if I feel this strongly about the "advice" I should complain but apart from this I quite like the woman. Should I just be straight with her next time and say that I am not even going to try until 6 months?

nickytwotimes Tue 02-Jun-09 21:13:33

Yep. Tell her you are aiming to adhere to the WHO and DofH guidelines.

thisisyesterday Tue 02-Jun-09 21:16:32

i agree with your dh that if you feel strongly you should complain. because as a HP she ought to be following guidelines and the guidelines say 6months.

but yes, i would also mention to her that you have no intention of weaning her early.

McDreamy Wed 03-Jun-09 13:48:36

I'm just amazed that she is saying this. Don't feel empowered enough to challenge her though sad

bobblehat Wed 03-Jun-09 13:51:59

My HV made similar noises when my ds2 was this age. I just looked at her and said 'I throught the current guidelines said you shouldn't wean until 6 months' and the matter was never raised again.

Incidently, unless there are specific reasons, you don't need to go and see the hv at all.

McDreamy Wed 03-Jun-09 14:00:23

I know but I like to get her weighed every fortnight. We have a few issues with DS's weight (he is very small) and because I didn't get him weighed regularly as a small baby it's difficult to work out when he lost his weight IYSWIM. Not that anything would have changed with him but it's one of those things I was determined to do more regularly with DD2.

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