Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Word About Extended Nursing

There are so many misconceptions out there that I felt this post may help. I have received a lot of questions/comments about still nursing through pregnancy and beyond.

  • Contrary to what many believe, nursing will not affect a healthy new pregnancy in a negative way.
  • There is no reason to wean if your toddler and you are still happy with nursing.
  • Nursing a new baby while continuing with your toddler can reduce sibling rivalry/anxiety.
  • Milk may get a tad on the dry side at some point during pregnancy, but even still, if your toddler is still happy, there is no reason to stop.
  • The WHO recommends nursing 2 years or beyond.
  • Most countries around the world nurse their children until they are 3, 4 or even 5.
  • Extended nursing provides antibodies to your child for that much longer.
  • It takes away the need for whole milk which can be harsh to immature systems or any system at that.
  • ( says that the benefits to toddlers include: Good nutrition, fewer allergies, socially well adjusted, intelligent and mothers also benefit.
  • For the mother, benefits include: lowered risk or breast, endometrial, ovarian, and uterine cancers, lowered risk of osteoporosis, insulin requirements, arthritis and being overweight.

So all in all, its a win win situation! I look forward to nursing my girls together.

Mommy and Kenna(14.5 months)


A Proud Mom said...

Great information and I love the pic! So precious.

Christine said...

Great post! My youngest, my 2 yo is still happily nursing. Nursing may be challenging at times, but it has been such a blessing to my little ones and I.