Another issue being raised is that you are curtailing the independence of your child by allowing him/her to continue breastfeeding past the first birthday. When N was 3 months, the pediatrician we went to told me that N should stop breastfeeding at 9 months so she will have a realization of her “individual self”. Obviously, I didn’t listen to that pediatrician and as Dr. Jack Newman says:
The child who breastfeeds until he weans himself (usually from 2 to 4 years), is usually more independent, and, perhaps, more importantly, more securein his independence. He has received comfort and security from the breast, until he is ready to make the step himself to stop. And when a child makes that step himself, he knows he has achieved something, he knows he has moved ahead. It is a milestone in his life of which he is proud.
As Nanay Nona shared, the new breastfeeding motto should be “APAT DAPAT” – that children should breastfeed until 4 years old and beyond! 😉
So moms, are there any other myths or barriers that you have encountered which discourages extended breastfeeding?
Check out our other carnival participants (to be updated throughout the day):
J and the Three Boys – No more “de-de”
My Mommyology – My Extended Breastfeeding Experience
Mommyluscious – Breastfeeding for Two Beyond Two
Truly Rich Mom – On Extended Breastfeeding (a perfectly normal thing to do)
Life of a Babywearing and Breastfeeding Mommy – Still breastfeeding after 2 years
Got To Believe – Breastfeeding Room Story
Touring Kitty – Extended Breastfeeding is Possible
SassyBiatcheMom’s World – 1.4 and still breastfeeding
Chronicles of a Nursing Mom – Barriers/Myths vs. Extended Breastfeeding