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    Default Why is the WHO recommendation for BFing til 2 yo valid in non third world countries?

    Hi Ladies,

    Now I am not trying to be controversial or anything like that so please dont flame me! I am asking a genuine question that is now more relevant to me as I am BFing my daughter.

    So I understand from all the posts on here that WHO recommends BFing until 2 years of age. What I would like to understand is is it relevant for countries where children have access to good food, clean water, etc and get all their nutrition from food to continue to BF until 2?

    What extra stuff do they get from BF that they wouldnt already be getting from their daily food intake?

    I can understand where food isnt plentiful and water isnt clean in countries that BFing for as long as possible would be a necessity but why for us?

    Can someone please clarify for me?

    (again not being silly or mean or controversial....I just want to understand!)

    Thanks!

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    Kellymom website has a section on breastfeeding toddlers, very informative, not sure if I can link it though.

    Eta, it's called breastfeeding past infancy.

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    For a start it's like a massive immunity booster every time x

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    It has a million billion or thereabouts vitamins and minerals.

    In my experience, it's hard to get them into kids unless you are super vigilant with foods.

    I fed my son until a few months past 2, and weaned him as I was sick of it, but I did feel guilty about taking away the nutritional benefits of the milk.

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    A child's immune system is not fully formed until nearly the age of 5, so as pp.s have said, breast milk is packed full of vitamins/minerals and natural immune packed goodness, so obviously the longer the better for the child

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    I think it's the iron as well, typically of a child moves on to cows milk past 12months as their main source of milk. But cows milk had little iron in it

    Did you know that the WHO recommends breast feeding until 2 but world average is 4yrs :goodbvibes:

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    4 years!!!! Wowsers! I really did not know that at all!

    But thanks ladies for the info. I know I could have researched but I know that there are some very knowledge BH mums out there that could give me the low down quickly

    Its silly I know but I guess i never really thought about all the vitamins, etc in BM. I guess I always think of it it as 'milk' as opposed to all the other things that are in it.

    And you are right....both my DSs have been terrible eaters and I have been giving them kiddie vitamins. So basically I should have been BFing longer and saved my money on the vitamins

    Thank you!

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    In 3rd world countries, you are more likely to see a recommendation of 5 rather than 2 because of their limited access to good food and clean water. It's only a *minimum* of 2.

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    I just watched a really interesting doco last night on documentaryheaven.com called Extraordinary Breastfeeding and a lady on that BF her nearly 8 year old DD! That was fascinating to watch! Good doco though for those interesting in extended or 'unusal' BFing

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    Also check out aba website under breastfeeding information

    Breastmilk provides 31% of a toddlers energy needs

    38% of protein needs

    45% vitamin a needs

    95% vitamin c needs

    And ongoing support for their developing immune system via antibodies

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    Not to mention the emotional reasons (tantrum calming, skinned knee fixing etc).

    My near 2 yo heard a baby crying the other day and she said 'oh no!' I asked her, 'what do you think the baby needs?' and she said 'a cuggle... And boobie' hehehe out of the mouths of babes...

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