Although on demand nursing a toddler can sometimes feel a little..^ (see my expression) I truly do love it. Sophie is such a beautifully creative, nurturing, loving, brave, curious, brilliant little two year old and I believe the fact that she has been and continues to be breast fed really contributes to this. It’s certainly not the only thing, but science points to it having many major benefits for her rapidly growing brain. So even though sometimes it’s slightly embarrassing when she starts screaming she wants to nurse at a restaurant in the middle of an appointment with our florist and exhausting when she insists on nursing but also kicking we feet and humming a song at the same time I wouldn’t trade our “extended” nursing relationship for the the world. The plan has always been and continues to be to let her self wean whenever she decides to. I am happy to say it doesn’t look like it will be any time soon.
good for you
Cats wouldn’t make milk for kittens after they got old enough to eat real food. Neither would dogs or elephants or whales or any other mammal on earth.
We are biologically created to be able to feed the kids while they need it, but the kids are also biologically created to stop living off of milk from the mother.
You’re gonna fuck up your kid.
1. Humans have a significantly longer infancy/childhood than most other mammals. This means they require the calories and nourishment from breast milk longer than other animals. Most mothers don’t breastfeed for as long as little ones need the nutrition from breast milk for many reasons (which is fine, ya know…no shame.) and so pediatricians recommend breast milk from another species to fill that need for most of early childhood. Nutritionally speaking, kids need some sort of milk, which is why we make it! Human milk is optimal for human children. Obviously.
2. There are absolutely no studies or research that confirm that breastfeeding past two is detrimental to children. The WHO, which you have incorrectly quoted before, recommends until the age of two or beyond. Yes, beyond. Worldwide, the average age of weaning falls somewhere between 2 and 7. It’s believed that we are meant to consume human milk until we start to lose our milk (baby) teeth, typically between the ages of screaming 4 and 7.
3. Breastmilk and solid foods are not mutually exclusive! What a radical idea, I know…
4. There is no reason for you to throwing out toxic opinions, especially when you have 0 experience with breastfeeding and have clearly done absolutely no research on the matter.
I love that there is such a strong breastfeeding community right now.