Extended Breastfeeding is Still Breastfeeding
Updated: Aug 8, 2020
When something is extended it is implied that there is an expected end date. And when that activity continues past said date, it becomes extended.
BUT... Breastfeeding is a RELATIONSHIP that should only be guided by you and your little one. It doesn’t have to stop once your baby reaches 6 months or even 12 months.
Breasts don’t start making bad milk. In fact, your milk provides your little one nutrition and tailor made antibody protection until the day they wean. Breastfeeding is a Relationship between mother and child, which goes far beyond the above. Breastfeeding continues to provide love, comfort, security, warmth, even rest and sleep.
There is no need to have a BREASTFEEDING BREAK-UP. When we normalize breastfeeding for all ages of young life then we see that the Relationship naturally evolves.
I love the the World Health Organization doesn't use the term 'extended breastfeeding' either. Here on their website they call for 'continued breastfeeding'.
"Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age,
with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods
up to two years of age or beyond."
Retrieved from http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/
Three cheers for your continued and still just breastfeeding relationship!
To a Confident, Sexy, Love filled life! Kimberly Lindsay, BA, CPCC, ORSCC, IBCLC
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Who are ready to ditch their saboteurs so they can show up
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