Never did I imagine I would breastfeed one child for almost two years. I was just going to be happy to breastfeed for one year, but as the year went by, I decided not to wean my daughter. Why?
- She was still nursing about 4-6X/day-once in the morning, once at night, and grazing during the day, and I was not wanting to stop and battle it out with her.
- She still received the antibodies from breastfeeding.
- Breast milk still met her nutrients. The World Health Organization states,
"The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to full use of family foods is a very vulnerable period. It is the time when many infants become malnourished, contributing significantly to the high prevalence of malnutrition in children under five years of age worldwide."
- I loved the small, quiet moments during the day. It was easy to comfort and calm her.
Did you breastfeed over one year?