Breastfeeding is a hot topic in the news lately. One of the biggest questions is “how long to breastfeed a child?” There are more than a few answers to that. From 5 – 8 months to 5-8 years! Some are questioning just who is getting the benefit from nursing a child 5-8 years. Is it more for the mom’s benefit than the child who is breastfeeding?
There are some who say Americans are a little anxious or nervous even approaching such a subject. That countries like Australia are much more comfortable with mothers breastfeeding their children to ages 7 or 8 years old.
I am curious how Americans feel about breastfeeding and the length of time a child should be breastfed. When dealing in the animal world..mothers usually wean somewhere in the first year. They usually do this shortly before the next baby(s) is due.
What is the driving force for those women who choose to breastfeed their child beyond 1-2 years? Is it related to wanting to give the child a good immune system through breastfeeding? Is it a comfort thing for both child and mother? Is it strictly a bonding issue?
I am not sure if the trend for breastfeeding children to older ages is new or is just now being looked into. With busy working moms, breastfeeding was on the downhill since the 50s/60s. It would appear though that breastfeeding has made a comeback.
It would be interesting to know if women have seen better health in the children that they breastfed and those that were bottle fed.
This article invites your opinions. It also invites your knowledge and experience in breastfeeding children and what age worked well for both you and your child to “wean” them from breastfeeding. I feel that new moms, thinking of breastfeeding, would benefit greatly from your information.
Breastfeeding children. What age do you stop breastfeeding? Why? What pros and cons are there in breastfeeding your child? I have heard young mothers to be ask these questions. I believe that the best teachers may well be those readers who have experienced the breastfeeding issue.
We, as a society, have been shy in some respects about breastfeeding discussions. Some of our grandmothers and great grandmothers never thought twice about it. They just automatically breastfed their children.
Breastfeeding, whether it’s for you or not is a personal opinion. Hopefully this article can generate some much needed information for young mothers that are contemplating breastfeeding.