benefits of breast milk beyond 1 year?
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|Thu, 04-10-2008 - 4:36pm|
I'm trying to make the decision about how soon to wean after I reach the 12 month mark. I wanted to keep going for an extended period of time, but recently DH said that, while he'd support me no matter what, he had a preference that I at least think about stopping after 12 months. I told him I'd think about it. I know that it's ultimately my choice, but he often takes care of Ian while I'm pumping, especially on the weekends, so I feel like I need to consider his needs too.
Does anyone know if the benefits of extended nursing are primarily due to the composition of breast milk, or to the psychological effect of nursing? If it's mostly due to the psychologically soothing effect of nursing, well then I might as well stop pumping, right? But if there are still big benefits to breast milk after 1 year, then I want to take that into consideration too.
Thanks for your help!