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So what if I still breastfeed my toddler?

June 4, 2018

I am a mother of a 15-month-old toddler and it frustrates me beyond belief when people, who have absolutely no involvement whatsoever, feel entitled to question my decision to continue breastfeeding. If I had a pound for every time someone pestered me with inquiries like:

  • “When will you stop?”
  • “Why not switch to formula?”
  • “Do you think it’s strange?”
  • “Isn’t he too old for it now?”
  • “Will you still be doing this when he’s a teenager?” I’d be significantly wealthier by now.

The societal pressure on mothers to breastfeed is already immense, and it only intensifies when it comes to deciding when to stop. But let me be clear:

  • No, I will not switch to formula.
  • No, it’s not strange; it’s the best choice for my child’s well-being.
  • No, I won’t be breastfeeding him when he’s a teenager.

The benefits of extended breastfeeding are abundant. Why should anyone feel entitled to criticise or comment on someone else’s breastfeeding journey, simply because it doesn’t align with their own preferences?

My child is only 15 months old! The notion of him breastfeeding as a teenager is preposterous and will never happen.

Jenna Holt – frustrated mother of 15 month old toddler.

But what do we at Parenting Expert think?

At Parenting Expert, we believe in supporting mothers in their individual breastfeeding journeys, including extended breastfeeding with toddlers. Contrary to societal misconceptions, we understand that breastfeeding beyond infancy offers numerous benefits for both the child and the mother.

  1. Nutritional Benefits: Breast milk continues to provide essential nutrients and antibodies that support a toddler’s growth and immune system development.
  2. Bonding and Comfort: Breastfeeding fosters a strong emotional connection between the mother and toddler, providing comfort and security during times of stress or illness.
  3. Physical and Emotional Development: Breastfeeding promotes healthy jaw and teeth development, as well as emotional resilience and security in toddlers.
  4. Natural Weaning Process: Extended breastfeeding allows toddlers to gradually transition to solid foods at their own pace, supporting their natural development.
  5. Continued Health Benefits: Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of certain childhood illnesses and chronic conditions, offering long-term health benefits for toddlers.



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