If you don't know Dr. Leila Denmark's remarkable story, here 'tis. She doctored my 3 nieces, I toiled with her grandson Steve, (hey Steve!) in the noble caring profession of advertising and marketing for a large fizzy drinks co. in GA, and I used her books and wisdom when our daughter Stella was born. Yes, breastfed. No pacifiers (she spit them out). Yes, introduced one new food a week at 4.5 months after she began to salivate - not teething as we are often told - but signaling the digestive system's readiness for food in addition to breast milk. And yes, sweet potatoes were the first food, that nutritious miracle food known mostly to Southerners it seems, with no processed sugar or ---eeechhh----marshmallows! required.
Be inspired at this story. http://www.npr.org/2012/04/06/150149102/doctor-blazed-trails-for-women-in-medicine
I bow deeply to the wisdom of Dr. Denmark and the mothers, grandmothers, doctors, midwives, nurses, doulas and other healers who carry on the work of caring for our children.