EXTENDED BREASTFEEDING.... : Education for New Moms

Laura - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am a Naturopath,and lactation counselor...and i was shocked when a mom ask if bf

her 5 MONTH OLD infant... if he was too old to bf .....as she was being greatly pressured by friends and family to switch to a formula..

. {,now formulas usually have included the TOXIC, puss -ridden and hormones added COWS milk..in it...IT ALSO.is..the..# 1 cause of TYPE 1 Diabetes

.......any how,i told her that the World Health Org. recommends at least bf for 2 yrs......and that some cultures do it PT ,through 6 yrs.,and she felt greatly relieved..

( now i say extended bf is bf beyond 2 yrs )...mostly in the Western cultures it is for bonding and affection.

.....We bf moms have to follow our heart in such, and as long as the child also wishes,it is no one else's business..( many folks in AMERICA believe that breasts are mostly sex objects ,and thus obscene )..

...Now child led weaning is my way..... what are YOUR experiences in this regard?.

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I am very anti formula and i believe that thre are not necessarily BENEFITS to breast feeding but RISKS to using formula. People think formula is great and that although bf-ing is probably a little better...that formula is still healthy.... where as i think that is complete rubbish. I believe that formula is fatty junk food that is harming babies more than we know....I don't really want to know because to me is is a scary thing to know the harm that may be being caused. Each to their own though, i just hope and pray that my son will marry a pro breast feeding woman and that my daughter will breast feed...thats the best i can hope for unfortunately as i can't do ANYTHING about anyone else!!!

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Laura - posted on 06/18/2012

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yes,i completly agree...,just pointing out the real dangers of cow milk,which many do not know...but it is all up to the mom.....

Lisa - posted on 06/17/2012

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I think it should be whatever you are comfy with really. If you feel at 13 months then thats fine, and if your BF till 9 thats up to you.









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While this is a breastfeeding community we still need to be respectful of others' choices. Some moms in this community need or choose to use formula. We are here to support breastfeeding, but we also want be respectful of those who make choices that are different than our own. I don't want to be judged for nursing my 3 year old so I would never judge a mom who uses formula. Discussions are ok, but we don't want to flame the mommy wars that we all dea with every day. Please keep this in mind.
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Sarah - posted on 06/16/2012

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My 7 month old son LOVES breast feeding & so do I. I plan on following the child led weaning approach, notice it's called child led & not baby led:) I know there are benefits but it's more because breast feeding until he weans himself seems biologically appropriate. Who knows, he could lose interest at 2 or continue until he's 5. I don't have an expectation, just the open heart to follow what he needs. It is for much more than bonding though. The immunological benefit of breast feeding past the first 2 years does make an impact on general long term health. Maybe I'm just a big crunchy hippy but I think that following my & my baby's instincts is a great way to go. We demand feed & co sleep & that works great for us. I think each family needs to do what is right for them:) Some families are not comfortable with having an older baby breast feeding or it becomes a source of negativity for the mother. That's ok. If a mom "wants her body back" I can understand that. BFing for a year deserves a big pat on the back, some moms don't get that far!

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While I don't really care what other women do, I don't extend breastfeed. Mainly because I just plain don't want to deal with my child whining at me for it. I weaned my daughter at 13 months since I fell pregnant and have a hard time staying pregnant. At that point she was only on one feeding a day anyway. She was more interested in table food than breastmilk. But she still wasn't happy about not being able to breastfeed, but I think that had more to do with me suddenly stopping. To make her feel better, I kept our morning cuddles, she just got a sippy of cow's milk instead.

My son is 5 1/2 months. While he loves table food, he loves milk too. He doesn't comfort nurse like my daughter did. He is happy with a binki or my finger. I think that comes from the fact that I have a forceful let down and he often would choke on milk when trying to comfort nurse. I haven't decided when I'll wean him. It wont be until at the very least a year.

My sister was telling me how upset her son was after her milk dried up. He was almost 3, and for a few nights lost interest in it, then he wanted some and there wasn't any to be had. I thought it was kind of cute. He's a very soft hearted child.

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