How Long Can I Breastfeed?

I am a single mum, and I have been successfully breastfeeding for two years now. How long will I be able to breastfeed?. Both my son and I benefit from this wonderful close time that we have together, particularly if it has been a stressful day.

-- Mydie

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Breastfeeding continues to provide nutrition and immunities for as long as you and your child choose to continue. The closeness of nursing a child who is older than the norm is not often talked about. As your child grows and starts talking about nursing, you may find some very touching conversations develop around the topic. It is truly a special time. At La Leche League, we believe that ideally, the nursing relationship should continue until the baby outgrows the need. Since both you and your child are enjoying your relationship as it is, there seems to be no need to stop. Most children, if allowed to self-wean, will do so somewhere between the ages of two and four.

I recommend that you read Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner and attend La Leche League meetings in your area. Some LLL groups even have toddler meetings designed to provide support for women such as yourself, who have chosen to nurse past infancy. Check out our Web site at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ to find a group near you or to order the book from our catalogue.

-- LLLNorma

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