Genuinely never thought I would ever breastfeed but here I am 2 years later and still breastfeeding my second born who is just turning 13 months. The whole reason I started this blog was to help other young woman and share my thoughts, stories and research information we do not hear as often as we should.
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing you will ever do and probably the hardest too but by far the most amazing experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. Supporting other breastfeeding mothers even if your not breastfeeding yourself can make such a big difference in their day. The rates of breastfeeding in Ireland are ridiculously low, but I have a feeling that is all about to change. There has been a substantial change in peoples outlook on breastfeeding and more mothers are sharing the awareness and normalization which I think is incredible.
So my question is… Do you think its weird that I am still breastfeeding? What age do you think is a good time to stop? Do you know anyone who is still breastfeeding their baby after their first birthday?
I have asked many family and friends this question. Some say they think its time to stop now as I have done it long enough and baby has got all the benefits he needs from it. Others say its completely wrong once they turn two years of age so I should start weaning him off soon. Then again you have the ones who never supported you in the first place and always had something to say. We all have at least one person in our lives who can be very judgmental and always presume they are right without knowing the correct information.
For me, it is completely normal and I guess it just happened getting to this stage we are at now. With Ava I was returning to work which put me under a lot of pressure. I tried to pump but as I was pregnant too with Ivan, it was extremely time consuming and exhausting. I started combination feeding, while I was at work she would receive formula and when I came home she had boobies. It worked perfect for me and Ava for that matter. Remarkably our lives changed and I got the choice of staying at home to look after my two babies. This made a huge impact on my breastfeeding journey with Ivan. Keen to still continue, there was no pressure to be away from him at any given time. He loves the comfort, the feel of my skin and quiet time together from all the excitement throughout the day.
Here are some benefits of extended breastfeeding for toddlers
- Protection from Illness – Nursing will help comfort him when he is sick but also it helps his immune system so he is less likely to get a cold, infection or allergies.
- A Healthy Life- Research has shown when they grow up they are less likely to be overweight, low blood pressure, lower cholesterol and to develop type 2 diabetes.
- A Brain Boost- Studies have found that the longer and more frequently a toddler breastfeeds, the smarter he’s likely to be thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids, or DHA, that are unique to breast milk.
- Toddler Independence- Rather than making him clingy he will be more independent exploring feeling safety as he can return to boob.
- Comfort- As i mentioned above comfort is probably the greatest to calm a baby/toddler when upset or hurt themselves.
- Quiet time- Toddler are exploring, learning new skills and developing so fast. Just like us adults once our energy is low we need a break. Thats exactly what they need. Breastfeeding a toddler can provide the perfect interlude during the day. A need that us mothers can associate to.
As referred by What to expect.com WTE – Toddler feeding
Thankyou for taking the time to read this and would love to hear your thoughts on feeding a toddler.