Did you realise the average age worldwide for weaning is 4.2 years old?
Breastfeeding is becoming more common especially among new Mums, & more Mums are sticking with breastfeeding longer. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that babies should be breastfed at least 1 year, & the World Health Organization promotes nursing until at least age 2. After that, both org’s suggest it should be left up to the mother & child. With more Mums becoming educated about the benefits of full term breastfeeding, it isn’t surprising that more Mums are also breastfeeding their children beyond the expected 1 or 2 years.
Contrary to what you may hear, breastfeeding older children is more common than you think. Some women do so in private because they fear the criticism.
Benefits of breastfeeding beyond 1 year: Even if they are eating solid foods for their meals, nursing once or twice a day can help prevent infections & illnesses, allergies & asthma, & boost toddlers immune systems. They get energy, protein, calcium, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B12 & C, & 76% of their folate requirements from breast milk. Studies have also shown that the longer children are nursed, the more brain power they have. Nursing an older child will help to meet their emotional & dependence needs, which can make them easier to parent in the long run.
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