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Nine reasons my child is not too old to breastfeed.

Stigma

Through the eyes of a breastfeeding support group. Before you read any further, I think I should clear one thing up from the off about me as a mother – my breastfeeding journey started out the same as many women’s.

through the eyes of a breastfeeding support group

I thought I’d give it a go and see how we got on, but I wouldn’t beat myself up if it didn’t work out. I thought I’d probably feed for a year if all went well, and then I’d be done with it. I’d seen photos of women breastfeeding much older children, and whilst I wasn’t horrified, I didn’t really understand why they’d want to. Weren’t they just trying to keep their children babies for longer? It’s not like those galumphing toddlers and chatty pre-schoolers really needed breastmilk anymore… So what I’m saying is, I get it. But here’s the thing – children only age one day at a time. So why do I believe that letting him lead this is the best way forward? But what’s it really like, feeding this tiny human that is so big and yet so small all at the same time?

BUT – wow! Bedtimes are peaceful and easy nine times out of ten. Breastfeeding in Mongolia. Posted with author's permission In Mongolia, there's an oft-quoted saying that the best wrestlers are breastfed for at least six years - a serious endorsement in a country where wrestling is the national sport.

Breastfeeding in Mongolia

I moved to Mongolia when my first child was four months old, and lived there until he was three. Raising my son during those early years in a place where attitudes to breastfeeding are so dramatically different from prevailing norms in North America opened my eyes to an entirely different vision of how it all could be. Not only do Mongolians breast feed for a long time, they do so with more enthusiasm and less inhibition than nearly anyone else I've met. In Mongolia, breastmilk is not just for babies, it's not only about nutrition, and it's definitely not something you need to be discreet about. Like many first-time mums, I hadn't given much thought to breastfeeding before I had a child. Then I moved away from Canada, to Mongolia, where my husband was conducting a wildlife study.

Benefits

Biting. A Letter to My Nursing Toddler - Mothering. By Megan Leary My dear toddler, You were tired.

A Letter to My Nursing Toddler - Mothering

It had been a long morning in the car and then visiting with strangers. You rubbed your eye with one hand and said, “Nurse?” At home I would have scooped you in my arms and cuddled you close while you nursed yourself to sleep. I looked at your confused face and made a decision. You don’t understand that its taboo for a mother to nurse her toddler in our culture. My love, I promise to never do that to you again. Breastfeeding Manners. By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC © 2005 P.

Breastfeeding Manners

Yount Kneading, patting, twiddling, scratching, pinching, grabbing mom’s nose, biting, pulling at mom’s shirt, playing with or pulling mom’s hair, blowing raspberries on mom’s breast, breastfeeding standing up, breastfeeding upside down, acrobatic breastfeeding… Does any of this sound familiar?? All of these things are very normal breastfeeding behaviors for older babies and toddlers. Tips for curbing unwanted breastfeeding behavior: Start early Encourage good breastfeeding manners and discourage unwanted behavior early on.

Be firm, clear and consistent with your expectations. Be patient Behavior changes take time. Wait it out. The Natural Human Weaning Age - IAmNotTheBabysitterIAmNotTheBabysitter. By Katherine Dettwyler, PhD Department of Anthropology, Texas A and M University The photo form the 1930s shows a Roma woman breastfeeding a child.

The Natural Human Weaning Age - IAmNotTheBabysitterIAmNotTheBabysitter

In the grass near her are two other children. A Natural Age of Weaning My research has looked at the various “life-history” variables (such as length of gestation, birth weight, growth rate, age at sexual maturity, age at eruption of teeth, life span, etc.) in non-human primates and then looked at how these variables correlate with age at weaning in these animals. These are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, especially gorillas and chimpanzees, who share more than 98% of their genes with humans. An aristocratic French lady breast feeds her baby in front of visitors.18th century Some of the results are as follows: 1. 2. Chimpanzee breastfeeding 3. 4. 5.