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!)
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21-01-2012 08:40 #1
Why is the WHO recommendation for BFing til 2 yo valid in non third world countries?
21-01-2012 08:53 #2
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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21-01-2012 08:56 #3
For a start it's like a massive immunity booster every time x
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21-01-2012 08:57 #4Senior Member
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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.
21-01-2012 09:08 #5
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
21-01-2012 09:14 #6
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:
21-01-2012 11:40 #7
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
21-01-2012 12:36 #8
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.
21-01-2012 12:38 #9Senior Member
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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
24-01-2012 21:30 #10
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
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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