Extended Breastfeeding Issues.
Is, It Good or Bad?

Extended breastfeeding is one of the topics that will always create a debate of different opinions. Which ever way we argue the question remains is; Is it necessary or not? or is it right or wrong?

Extended breastfeeding is said to be when a child is over six months of age and is still being breastfed by their mother. However some arguments say that this could have a negative impact on the child, because at this age the mother’s milk is not nutritionally fulfilling for the development of a healthy child.

Albeit we here at parenting with positive thinking believe it is necessary to look at this from a balance point of view and also highlight the Pros and Cons of this topic. Let’s start with the Pros:

• It gives infant a healthy immune system

• It creates a strong bond between mother and child.

• It gives infant comfort and sense of security.

Now let’s highlights the Cons

• Is not sufficient nutritionally for child after six months.

• It makes it difficult to wean child onto solids.

• This causes children to be very clingy to thier mother. Due to the fact that the mother’s milk contains important nutrients such as immune colostrums, which is high in protein and immunoglobin makes it perfect for complete child development Research have shown that in societies were children are allowed to nurse for as long as they want, they usually self-weaned with little or no input from the mother and they are few arguments and less emotional trauma.

Research has also shown and I quote “The natural weaning of humans is between two and seven years old. Family doctors should be knowledgeable regarding the ongoing benefits of extended breastfeeding, including continued immune protection, better social adjustment and having sustainable food source in time of emergency. The longer women breastfeed the greater the decrease in the risk of breast cancer and there is no evidence to say that long term nursing is harmful to mother and child.”

On the contrary long term nursing seems to be a very positive thing in parenting, leaning more in favour towards mother and child. However we choose to look at this topic there is no outright verdict to say that it is right or wrong; it depends on the mother’s choice and what she is comfortable with.

It is a known fact that during this process there is a natural rapport that develops between mother and child.It is this rapport that keeps them tightly bonded, which is enough to say that extended breastfeeding is here to stay.

We will leave you with a fitting quote:

People say 'you're still breastfeeding,thats so generous.'Generous no!It gives me boobs and take my thighs away! It's sort of like a natural liposuction, I'd carry on breastfeeding for the rest of my life if I could.- Helena Bonham Carter

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