On Friday, our doctor continued her stance that Naomi, at 18lbs, 13oz, is still very skinny for nearly 10 months. She gave me some advice and recommendations regarding her diet and advised me to return in two weeks.
One of her recommendations did not sit well with me and as such, I called friend who went through the same experience with the first of her three children. My friend also subscribes to the attachment parenting philosophy and had experienced similar difficulties as I in many different situations.
When you receive information from a professional, especially when it contradicts what you have been taught, researched or seen work, it makes you doubt and question your choices and methods. My friend reiterated to me the same thoughts that I had, and gave me the same advice that I would have given her had she called me asking for the same information.
In the end, our physicians give us wise council, but ultimately the choice is ours whether to heed that council or not. I will input the majority of what my doctor advised, but the one suggestion I was not comfortable with is something that we will skip. It is nothing dire or dramatic, it simply goes against our beliefs and choices as parents.
I am thankful I have wise council from both my friend and my physician. Their beliefs and support have helped me raise a bright, beautiful, healthy child who is the sunlight on my soul. I will continue to go to them both with my concerns and questions. Their suggestions and thoughts give me answers and peace of mind.
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