And now, Ben's two! Who would have thought that I would be nursing a two year old? Thank you Lord for this amazing journey :)
We all hear that "Breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years AND beyond" but the infomation on why extended breastfeeding is beneficial still needs to be spread. Recently, I was able to take part of a breastfeeding seminar for medical students. There were questions like, isn't breastmilk not valuable anymore when a baby turns into a toddler? Good thing that we were able to enumerate some of the many advantages of extended nursing like lowering the risks of breast/ovarian cancer and diabetes. It's also good to know that the composition of breastmilk changes to meet the needs of your child. Your child may (and should) get nutrition from other sources but there is immunity from sicknesses that only breast-milk can provide.
I'm sharing this to motivate moms out there who are wondering if there are really advantages to breastfeeding after 6 months. I'm hoping to give moms who choose to breastfeed even after a year some ammunition when they are asked why they're not yet weaning their child.
Hitting the two year mark isn't easy but it can be done and the return on the time and effort a mom has invested in breastfeeding her child will last a lifetime.
So my dear mommy friends, breastfeed for as long as you can AND want :) information and support is the key. Be knowledgeable. Surround yourself with supportive family and friends. Your healthy nursling will be forever grateful :)