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The article here http://tinyurl.com/bnd4k speaks about JK Rowling weaning her one year old daughter so she could toddle off to Romania to see how she could help children's health there.

My response:

She stopped nursing her baby so she could go see how to help other children be healthy?! Doesn't she see the amazing irony in this? Our own children are our FIRST responsibilities, for if we cannot sustain them (physically, emotionally, spiritually), we all perish.

Sure, formula might be dandy in a pinch or for private issues relating to sexual abuse or previous cancer, but to wean one's child... to actively cut one's own child off from the beloved connection and continuing health benefits... in order to go to other children is just horribly sad. Her poor daughter.

Reader Comments (4)

This is as bad as the Britney thing I posted.



I actually heard this about Tracy Hogg who wrote the Baby Whisperer. She moved to LA to help celebrity babies while leaving her daughter in England and thus weaning her.

Hmmm... an urban legend perhaps? I haven't googled it; maybe they both did it.

Love your blog BTW, makes me want to doula, midwife or have another baby! I haven't decided :)


February 20, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I have to respectfully disagree with you on this one- I think child-led weaning is a great ideal, but a year is a respectable amount of time to nurse, and helping orphans is, well, helping orphans! I feel like it's unfair to judge her choice, because isn't choice what it's all about?

February 23, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Choice, sure, but what about the child's choice? Where does that come in?

I just wrote about this with regards to scheduling breastfeeding (certainly not nursing because nursing and breastfeeding are two totally different animals).

One's wishes shouldn't trump the other person's (baby's) needs.

I still feel badly for her baby. You, of course, don't have to.

February 23, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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