how old is too old to be bfeeding son


Lori - posted on 09/01/2012





The WHO recommends "Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond."

The AAP recommend "exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant."

Neither of these two organizations have set an upper limit. They both say "or beyond", and "or longer"

That being said: Studies have been done on the "natural" duration of human breastfeeding. Natural duration falls between 2.5 years at a minimum and about 7 years at a maximum.

So: My opinion..

if someone is nursing a 1 year old. Good for them.

If someone is nursing a 2 year old. Good for them.

If someone is nursing a 4 year old. Good for them.

If someone is nursing a 12 year old..... now we've got issues.

I personally nursed my first until she was almost 2, and am currently nursing my 21 month old with no immediate plans to wean.


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Joan - posted on 09/01/2012




Hi Dove - no I am not pregnant and Not being in a relationship I don;t expect to be soon - i guess i am asking in random fashion - I see other mothers here who get rather 'stroppy' at mums who nurse beyond 12 months or so - I am comfortable continuing but i am starting to wonder if i am selfish and alone or there are other mums out there doing what i am doing - Joan

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