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#MilkMemos Summer 2019 Edition

As we welcome summer, we are in a season of growth and fruition which leads us to talking about nursing beyond a year. Are you ever asked, “Isn’t your child too old to breastfeed?f When do you plan to stop? Your child can walk and talk, isn’t that weird?” You do not need to stop breastfeeding when your child turns one. There are benefits to continuing breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy

Many parents believe they need to stop breastfeeding after their child turns one. They often receive information regarding switching to cow's milk for nutrition. Breastmilk continues to provide many benefits past a year.

 

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The Battle for Benefits of Extended Breastfeeding
 

Why do mothers have to constantly battle for their right to breastfeed in public, particularly to nurse toddlers, without feeling ashamed? There are breastmilk benefit beyond a year.

 

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Breastfeeding Past Infancy: Fact Sheet

Breastfeeding past infancy is the biological norm. Breastmilk continues to provide nutrition and contributes to your child’s intellectual and social health.

 

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Behind the TIME Cover: Most Human Societies Don't Get Our Breastfeeding Hang-up

Half of the world's population continues breastfeeding until at least the age of two. These statistics, however, are drawn from non-Western societies. How do these statistics match up to those in the United States?

 

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My son and I have been nursing now for two and a half years. He’s my first child, and luckily breastfeeding came easy for me. I would have never expected to nurse this long though, but here we are, and going strong at that! 

 

Levi’s story is unique- as he was born with permanent severe hearing loss. He received his first set of hearing aids at three months old, and then his first cochlear implant at twenty one months. This picture is a glimpse of the many trips back and forth into NYC that we took last year as part of his prep for his implant surgery. The city would wipe us out and on the train ride home, so nursing was his comfort. Although, I think it’s safe to say that nursing has always been “our comfort.” He doesn’t wear his assistive technology while sleeping, and I think that the consistency of him nursing since birth has helped both him and I cope with the fact that he has no access to sound while he is settling down to dreamland. 

 

I’m letting him lead the way in our breastfeeding journey. There’s truly nothing more amazing to me than a woman’s body being able to provide nutrients for our offspring for as long as they need us to. ❤️

 

Kelly and Levi Pietraroia

 

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