Extended Breastfeeding: A Growing Trend

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Extended Breastfeeding: A Growing Trend
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Sun, 11-25-2012 - 10:19am

Extended Breastfeeding: A Growing Trend

Breastfeeding is becoming more common, especially among new mothers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention are showing a steady growth in the number of women who begin breastfeeding their babies.

More mothers are sticking with breastfeeding longer, as well. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that babies should be breastfed at least a year, and the World Health Organization promotes nursing until at least age two. After that, both organizations suggest it should be left up to the mother and child.

With more moms becoming educated about the benefits of sustained or extended breastfeeding, it isn’t surprising that more moms are also breastfeeding their children beyond the expected one or two years. Many breastfeeding moms have weathered the storms of public opinion about nursing in public, and now the media seems to have turned to breastfeeding older children.

Read more: http://www.breastfeeding-magazine.com/breastfeeding-older-children.html

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Fri, 11-30-2012 - 6:54pm

I think it is a great thing.  My youngest breast fed until he was 3.   It was a choice, it helped him feel secure.  I read an article about breast feeding in Mongolia, where extended breast feeding means age 12.  Grandma's brag about nursing their grandkids.   There is a whole different attitude about breasts, and it is a good attitude that deals with the natural function of the breast, not the "hide it is is obsene" attitude that the west has. 

witch_power wrote:
<p><strong>Extended Breastfeeding: A Growing Trend</strong></p><p>Breastfeeding is becoming more common, especially among new mothers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention are showing a steady growth in the number of women who begin breastfeeding their babies. <br /><br />More mothers are sticking with breastfeeding longer, as well. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that babies should be breastfed at least a year, and the World Health Organization promotes nursing until at least age two. After that, both organizations suggest it should be left up to the mother and child.<br /><br />With more moms becoming educated about the benefits of sustained or extended breastfeeding, it isn’t surprising that more moms are also breastfeeding their children beyond the expected one or two years. Many breastfeeding moms have weathered the storms of public opinion about nursing in public, and now the media seems to have turned to breastfeeding older children.</p><p>Read more: http://www.breastfeeding-magazine.com/breastfeeding-older-children.html</p>