Okay, so I took DD to the GP today for her 4 month vaccinations. Our usual doctor (who is wonderful) wasn't available so we had to see someone else. She started off by telling me how healthy and happy my DD looked, then asked me if I had started her on solids yet.
I answered that I hadn't yet and was waiting until she was 6 months as is the recommendation of WHO, ABA, AMA etc, etc. She looked at me like I was an idiot and told me that she had read 'a study' stating that solids were to start at 4 months or baby risks malnutrition (I asked for info on this study and she just changed the subject). I stated again that the recommendation was for exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age. Her answer was that 'exclusive breastfeeding' simply meant that I didn't need to introduce formula until 6 months but still needed to be giving rice cereal as it contained important things that my breastmilk was lacking such as carbohydrates and folate. WTF???
Aaargh, so anyway this went back and forth for a while until she finally said I could go against her advice if I wanted to but I wasn't doing the best for my baby. Needless to say, I left shaking mad. I got a complaint form from the receptionist and fully intend to follow this up. If I hadn't known better I would have been terrified and running out to get rice cereal for my poor malnourished baby Is it any wonder that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months are so low in this country.
So, I am researching as much as I can to send off with my complaint and hopefully prevent her from giving such terrible advice in the future. Anyone know of any good studies or info I can add to my list? Thanks
ETA: especially interested in anything that discusses folate content in breastmilk (and babies requirement for folate) as according to her there is none...