Shanna Garvey knew about the health benefits of breast-feeding her son when he was an infant, yet she continued beyond those years— until he was nearly 3 years old— in order to keep him calm in anxiety-inducing social experiences. Although the stay-at-home mom was happy to provide what she knew her son needed, she dealt with a lot of critical questions and comments from family, friends and other moms in parenting groups about how long she intended to breast-feed. Then you need to stop nursing.
Human milk is considered as the gold standard for infant feeding. Breastfeeding advantages extend beyond the properties of human milk itself. A complex of nutritional, environmental, socioeconomic, psychological as well as genetic interactions establish a massive list of benefits of breastfeeding to the health outcomes of the breastfed infant and to the breastfeeding mother.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that continued breastfeeding has benefits for as long as mom and child want to do it. And World Health Organization takes it a step further by recommending that babies be breastfed for two years or more, as long as all their nutritional needs are being met. One of the benefits of extended breastfeeding is the nutritional boost it can give a toddler, especially a picky one.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both the mother and infant. Breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant needs in the first six months of life. Breastfeeding protects against diarrhoea and common childhood illnesses such as pneumonia, and may also have longer-term health benefits for the mother and child, such as reducing the risk of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence.
Barbara J. Mothers breast-feed their children of different ages during the Second Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide event near Manila, Philippines, in October When the British newspaper The Mirror reported in late December that a UK mother named Denise Sumpter was still breast-feeding her daughter Belle, who is 6 and a half years old, two experts were invited to weigh in on the practice.
Pediatricians recommend breastfeeding until baby is at least a year old -- but many moms keep going beyond that. Discover the pluses of extended breastfeeding. As the mother of eight children and a certified lactation counselor, Robin Elise Weiss knows just about everything there is to know about breastfeeding.
Natural duration of breastfeeding Established benefits of breastfeeding The importance of gradual weaning Natural Weaning Breastfeeding is much more than food. Until around the last years extended breastfeeding was a cultural norm. Natural weaning allows for differences in children.