Monday, August 1, 2011
Why I Choose Extended Breastfeeding
Now that Everleigh's past the age of one, I'm starting to get the "when are you going to wean?" question, along with the raised eyebrows and the "you're STILL nursing?" looks.
You know what? I AM still nursing. Because there are proven health benefits for mom and baby. Because Everleigh still wants to. Because I still want to. Because it's frankly not anyone's business.
I think it's interesting that people get really iffy about nursing past 12 months, when the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatric both support nursing past 12 months or as long as it is desirable to the mother and child. The WHO actually recommends until the age of 3.
How come we're so comfortable giving our babies a tall glass of cow's milk. Milk that literally was pumped out of a female cow's tit. Everyone's cool with that, like it's not the least bit weird. And then when it comes to nursing, suddenly everyone's got the willies?
I really can't say how long I'll keep nursing Ev. I've tentatively thought until the age of 2 or whenever she decides she is ready to stop. I agree that I don't want her coming home from kindergarten and wanting to nurse, but nursing AND weaning are natural processes and you have to have confidence in letting those processes do their thing. Hopefully when the time comes to wean, she will know and I will follow her lead.