Thursday, August 11, 2011

Did you know????

Did you know...The average worldwide age for weaning a child from the breast is 4.6 years? Certainly not what were used to here in the US or other westernized countries. Here, so many people have an opinion about extended breastfeeding. In fact we even see movies poking fun. Believe it or not, breastfeeding beyond infancy has many benefits and it seems as though were trending in the right direction.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding till the age of 6 months and continued breastfeeding through the age of 2 with extended breasfeeding till mom or child see fit.
I have personally chosen to breastfeed Paige till she is at least 2 and then see how we both feel after that. I'm not opposed to continue beyond the age of 2 as I see the benefits of immunity, intellectual development, and less anxiety/stress to be highly important and outweigh the negative social interaction that may be perceived. I think that if we were to go into the many homes of mothers breastfeeding we would find that many dyads choose to breastfeed much longer in the privacy of their own homes. It's unfortunate that we have to hide and be ashamed of nurturing our offspring in public. It is by far the most natural thing that we could ever do!

Watch this beautiful video below about a recent Australian article regarding breastfeeding in public. Nearly brings tears to my eyes.

Any great places you have breastfed? We would all love to hear about it.

I'll start... I recently breastfed Paige during a tiger show at Magic Mountain Discovery Kingdom!

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