EXCLUSIVE! Dr. Fran Walfish - the extended breastfeeding debate





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Published on May 21, 2012


Attachment Parenting
Extended Breastfeeding

Time Magazine's Breastfeeding article, "Are You Mom Enough" set off a firestorm debate over attachment parenting, and length of time to breastfeed. The CDC and other health organizations advocate breastfeeding recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continuing for at least 2 years, but Dr. Fran Walfish, a child and family psychotherapist, suggests otherwise. Find out why she thinks there can be too much attachment.

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Also see IHTV's interview with Dr. Bill Sears, pediatrician, attachment parenting guru, and author. http://youtu.be/2kXzFwi75so

Comments • 7

Dominique Freeman
I'm just as much of a mother as these breastfeeding mothers who are feeding their older kids. Do not tell me I am NOT. I don't need to have my six year old on my breast to be a good MOM.
Hanh Hoang
I don't practice attachment parenting and even I could tell you that Walfish presented a pretty inaccurate description of the practice to the point that it was obviously biased and narrow minded... 
Katelyn Lively
If that is the case DeDe, then I should have weaned my nine month old....Ridiculous! The best way to foster independence is to have a secure relationship with your child.
Amy Reeder
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. That is why God gave us, women breasts. I will allow my baby and future kids to breastfeed as long as they want. I see no shame in it, and I won't closet feed them either. Breasts were intented for babies not just for sex.
This "Dr" is a pretty cold person.
DeeDee Birmingham
I think it's time to for the weaning to begin once the child can walk.
Fran is overemphasizing breastfeeding as a factor in emotional development.Breastfeeding is a means of optimum nourishment for a child."We believe the stomach is large enough to hold food" is far from demonstrating that the child is receiving the correct nutrition.Improperly nourished children cry.Scientific research and wisdom of traditional cultures demonstrate that breastfeeding a child to an age of two years promotes health through the child's life and builds the baby's gut and immune system
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