Wow - didn't realise I was in such a minority
That's 28% of those who started off breastfeeding, right? Not 28% of all babies... As this is just looking at the decline yea?
A lot of mums I know are aware of WHO's 24 month recommendations for breastfeeding and formula but feel that supplementing their baby's calcium needs with cheese, yoghurt etc will suffice... And stop at 12. They identify the 12 month mark as the recommended "full-term" feeding.
They often think the 24 months applies only to places stricken with poverty and so on...
I've never liked the term 'extended breastfeeding' as I think it creates the wrong idea. Often 'full term' breastfeeding is used now, which I like better, but hopefully one day it will just be 'breastfeeding' to any age with no judgement, no need for descriptive labels, only understanding that at pretty much any age, breastfeeding is incredibly beneficial....
Interesting about that sucking reflex thing, Pegasus, it lines up with my idea of logic, I'm sure my 5 yr old didn't have a sucking reflex as such, he just breastfed...
And something I usually always pull out in threads like these...
"The Natural age of weaning"
Last edited by MilkingMaid; 20-04-2012 at 06:03.
I must get hold of her book "Breastfeeding: Biocultural perspectives" I think it would be fascinating, and to understand breastfeeding in a wider context, I think a worldview and a historical view is quite important.
The goodness breastfeeding gives is equal the world over, it is not more beneficial in a third world country, I never wanted my kids to miss out on the 'gold standard' because I live in a developed country, with 'superior nurtition', where incidentally obesity and other affulence related diseases run rampant! Every country has its problems, breastfeeding is beneficial anywhere...
Last edited by MilkingMaid; 20-04-2012 at 06:04.
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