a Toddler - Why?
By Carrie Lauth
baby approaching his or her first birthday and you're considering
American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that "breastfeeding
continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually
you and your baby are still enjoying the nursing experience, why
not take a look at some of the advantages of nursing beyond that
to popular belief, mother's milk does not have an expiration date!
baby continues to receive all the benefits of human milk for as
long as he is nursing. In fact, your milk changes to meet your baby's
changing needs. For instance, did you know that the milk of a Mom
whose baby delivers prematurely is different from that of one whose
baby is full term? The milk of a Mom whose baby is older has more
protein, fat and more lysozyme (which destroys E. coli and salmonella
bacteria) than it did when her baby was younger.
that your toddler is, well... toddling about, he's exposing himself
to more germs. He's mouthing everything in sight and it's getting
harder to keep his toys clean. And what about those bits of carpet
fluff and who-knows-what-else he always seems to find and quickly
immunological benefits of breastmilk may be even more important
now. When your toddler does get sick and refuses food, he may even
revert to almost totally nursing again. If this happens temporarily,
you can rest assured that he's getting his nutritional needs met.
If he's vomiting or has diarrhea, breastmilk is far superior to
keep him hydrated than the popular rehydration drinks.
addition, breastfed children tolerate vaccination better and are
less likely to have adverse reactions.
the Journal of Human Lactation, September 1995, several studies
are cited which show that exclusive breastfeeding may continue well
into the second half of the first year with no detrimental effects,
and many positive effects. If you have a picky toddler or one with
food allergies, your breastmilk serves as "nutritional insurance"
for him and peace of mind for you!
Nursing makes discipline easier
toddler's life is full of frustrations. Having to hear the word
"No", wanting to do things that your uncoordinated body
can't do, learning to communicate with Mom and Dad and learning
to accept limits is hard on a little person!
is a way of quickly calming a toddler, and it makes every boo-boo
better. At our house we refer to nursing as "Baby Prozac".
It's also a way to ease the suffering of a child cutting molars.
is an effortless way to calm a toddler to sleep, making naptime
and bedtime easier for everyone.
Extended nursing and Mom's health
helps lower Mom's risk of certain cancers for several reasons. Firstly,
the fewer times in a woman's life she ovulates, the less her risk.
For some women, their fertility doesn't return until the end of
breastfeeding. I've known Moms who went 2 years without a period
because their tot was still nursing.
breastfeeding lowers a woman's risk of getting breast cancer, and
the longer she nurses, the higher the benefit.
showers a woman's body with hormones that help make her a calmer,
less stressed out, and more relaxed Mommy. I've talked with women
who had to wean suddenly and they report that they were shocked
at the change in their attitudes compared to when they were nursing!
hope I've given you some food for thought. For more breastfeeding
information, visit http://www.natural-moms.com/breastfeeding.html.
Lauth is a breastfeeding educator who publishes a newsletter full
of tips and support for Moms doing things the natural way. Get your
free copy at http://www.natural-moms.com
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