Taken in late April, but I'm so in love with this photo💕
and I really wanted to share some Boobin' Older Bubba's facts because prior to Nara I was really quite ignorant to the pros of breastfeeding past "babyhood" and to kill the stigma and judgement it really is so important to educate.
•First and foremost, full term breastfeeding (feeding until the child selfweans) varies from child to child, but usually happens somewhere between the ages of 2 and 7 years old. This is SOOO completely natural, normal and healthy for child and Momma! It isn't weird, strange, gross or in any way whatsoever sexual! It's the biological norm. Fact.
•Breastfeeding continues to provide protection against illness for as long as it continues. These benefits extend well beyond the period of breastfeeding and there is evidence that the longer a baby is breastfed the greater the protection from ill health and the more positive the impact on long-term health for both mother and baby. Amazing!
•A common misconception is that nursing an older child makes them less independent; there is no evidence to support that, in fact independence is one outstanding trait that breastfed children who self-wean often display. Much like a toddler sucking on their dummy, comfort blanket, teddy, etc, breastfeeding provides comfort and support. They all do the same thing, it's just the breast has been sexualized.
•The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants continue to be breastfed for at least two years (as long as mum and bub are happy to do so), while being given nutritious complementary foods. The composition of mother's milk adjusts to meet the needs of the growing child so that although the amount decreases, the correct level of nutrients remains.
Just a teeny, tiny bit of info for those of you who are unsure as to why myself and many other mums "still" breastfeed our toddlers. There are many, many more reasons, but unfortuntely no space left for the abundance of milky facts and truths I wanna share.
I judge no mother for how she chooses to feed, comfort, support and nurture her child, I only ask you to do the same. We all only want the best for our little people 💕💕