Hmm... From the above figures on the nutritional content of breast milk you can see how it would still provide a complete food source for those in the third world. a western child consuming a large amount should probably have it as a replacement for a meal. That is a huge amount of energy and fat.
As to extended bfing I also agree. It says more about you ( a general you) than the woman with a 3 yo at her breast. Meh I could care less. I actually find it rather sweet and I get all warm inside seeing bfing, be it a newborn or a toddler
Not reading 15 pages. Just replying to OP.
I work with kids, some of which are 4yrs old. Frankly, I cannot imagine any of them breastfeeding. If a mother turned up (regardless of her age) and sat in the staff room and breastfed her 4yr old it would gross me out a bit....sorry, but it would. I see these kids as old enough to be considered ready to enter the school system...for me that would be a sign to cut the cord!
Each to their own and if you and your child are happy to breastfeed into their teen years then hey, go for it, just dont expect everyone to be comfortable with it.
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DesperatelySeekingSleep ~ you ask about how do you decide when to finish expressing? (system wouldn't let me quote your post)
I've just finished expressing over a month ago. Bub is now 16mo. He was prem, and nursed at birth but I expressed so he could be fed by nurses overnight in my absence. My supply dwindled after a month, the day he came out of hospital, and he was supplemented (unfortunately, but you do what you have to) with formula from then on. But I expressed as I wanted him to have BM as well, not just formula. From 4mo he wouldn't nurse any more due to reflux and the bottle being an easier gig for him. I kept expressing, though, about 150mls a day on average, though it was only 10pc of his daily intake by 15mo (abt 80mls a day). I probably wasn't putting in the time and effort I could have, and wasn't getting much milk any more.
Reading this thread REALLY makes me want to start pumping again ~ I just checked. Got Milk? Sure, I still do! And proud of it.
Strangely, although some women in this thread received nasty comments for bf during toddlerhood, I received only good words from people who knew I still pumped. Kind of shows you peoples attitudes, I suppose.
Last edited by BaronessM; 10-11-2012 at 00:32. Reason: Crap spelling at 1.30am...
I pose another genuine question. Its an interesting thread that has got me thinking. For those that bf an extended time, if you discovered you only produced half a teaspoon or a really negligible amount of milk, would you continue to do extended bf? Subsequently those that did not do extended bf.. would you consider extended bf on dr's advice if your child's nutritional needs were inadequate for whatever reason? Eg poverty, defect of some kind causing malabsorption..etc
As a side note I do recall hearing that in the good old days of travelling by ship if food stores were low to non existent and they were a long way off reaching their destination and a bf or lactating woman was on board the sailors would resort to the breast milk as a way of keeping themselves from dying of malnutrition therefore getting everyone to their destination. Don't know if its true, but I do remember hearing that story.
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Not being anywhere close to 50 or breast feeding past 2 years I really can't compare to this woman. I do believe it's an individual thing...I know I would of stayed attached to my mother long after the 18 months of demand feeding she put up with me for! I personally having a four year old couldn't imagine having breastfed him past 2 at the latest, only because he was so independent and that bond wasn't needed through my boobs anymore. I do also look at animals and think...there is a point where it's no longer needed and a baby can survive and thrive on there own without this attachment. I do get annoyed with women who fail to see other points of view because they are so pro breast feeding when I think it should be up to the individual, bottle or breast...mind your own business :-)
Before ds was born I said feeding past 6 months is gross....he is now 18 months and still going strong. He has never wanted any other comforter which I've tried many times. And for people saying its for the mothers benefit I wish they could have felt what my nipples felt like after faking pregnant again. Sure I get enjoyment out of seeing my son enjoy it but I still would have preferred having my body back between babies!
Do you know what I think is gross? Seeing kids carrying around dirty blankets and toys! But that is because I've not experienced my ds being so attached to something other than breastfeeding and if ds2 decides he wants a blanket or teddy then I'm sure it will become the norm for me.
And yes I like the fact that there is nutritional benefits. Yes toddlers can get all their nutrition from food but it doesn't mean they are going to eat everything to get that nutrition daily. Same reason as why adults take multi vitamins.
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