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.
- Kellymom.com (http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html) 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.