I know I’ve talked a lot about weaning Daisy lately, but honestly, I don’t think that it’s going to happen anytime soon. I love the bond that we have through breastfeeding, that we just didn’t have at the times when I couldn’t feed her.
Even whilst I was pregnant, I thought I would wean Daisy as soon as she could ask for it. I thought that as soon as she was a toddler, my milk wouldn’t make a difference to her any more and I would stop and give her another milk. I was so pro-breastfeeding, I would argue with anyone who told me that I wouldn’t want to breastfeed once she was here, or that I would find it too hard and give up, so is it really any wonder that people who don’t understand how great breastfeeding can be for toddlers are so “against” it?
So here it is:
As Daisy is turning into that every rough and tumble toddler that we all love, my milk is changing for her too. It’s still so full of nutrients, in fact, it her second year 448ml of breastmilk (about how much she drinks in a day) contains:
- 29% of energy requirements
-43% of protein requirements
- 36% of calcium requirements
- 75% of vitamin A requirements
- 76% of folate requirements
- 94% of vitamin b12 requirements
- 60% of vitamin C requirements
- (Dewey 2001)
Also, according to the World Health Organization, “a modest increase in breastfeeding rates could prevent up to 10% of all deaths in children under five: Breastfeeding plays an essential and sometimes underestimated role in the treatment and prevention of childhood illness" As a mother who has experienced a child on deaths door, I know how really important this is. Breastfeeding literally saves lives. How?
Upon breastfeeding, a mother is not only passing on so much nourishment to her child, but she is also feeding her baby with so very valuable antibodies. All of the antibodies that she has, and any that her body makes when she comes into contact with a virus, will be passed through to her child in her milk. At the tender age of just one year old, a baby has a immune system that is only functioning at 60% of it’s capacity. By now your little one will be coming into contact with lots of different viruses every day, as they begin to explore the world around them more and more, so why not continue to help them with the protection that you can give to them?
There are literally so many more things that I could list off that could explain to you why breastfeeding your toddler is such a great thing to do, including so many benefits for mamas (helping to prevent and reduce the risks of cancer, delaying menstration and weight loss just to name a few), making your kid smarter (research has shown that longer breastfed children are more likely to have higher IQ’s) and the fact that I have never had to use a dummy/paci and my child can drink straight from cups or water bottles but at the end of the day, one small post on Tumblr only seen by a handful of people isn’t going to help educate people about the benefits of breastfeeding past infancy.
What can? You.
Talk about it.
Nurse in public.
Don’t be ashamed and hold your head up high.
Us nursing mothers are the only thing that can change people’s opinions now, we have the science, but people need to see that this is normal. People need to see that this a thing that so many families do, they need to see that it is the norm.
Keep calm ladies, and carry on breastfeeding.
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