^^ Joyce and her Darling Daughter. She’s a great defender of Breastfeeding! ^^
Let me just start by saying I use the term FULL TERM Breastfeeding for a reason. There is no specific time that you need to stop breastfeeding. It’s not Extended, the term you see more often, because that would imply it’s more than what you’re supposed to do. The WHO, World Health Organization, suggests you breastfeed a MINIMUM of two years with no maximum listed. The benefits do not stop once your child turns one, or even two. Your milk changes to provide the proper nutrients. Here I will list some of the fabulous things that happen to your toddler when you continue to breastfeed.
1) Eyes- Vitamin A is a very important vitamin in eye development.
If you are nursing at/after 12 months, your breastmilk has 75% of your needed Vitamin A intake for the day.
2) Teeth- Breastfed babies are less likely to suck their thumb, causing teeth misalignment.
It has been shown to improve oral health.
3) Ears- This one is close to my heart from seeing my nephews end up with so many ear infections vs. my son having none.
Breastfeeding helps prevent ear infections which can cause hearing damage.
4) Bones- 36% of your daily needed consumption of Calcium is in your milk after twelve months.
Calcium is responsible for healthy and strong bone growth.
5) Brain- I’ve heard the line, I was formula fed and turned out fine, so many times and it makes me laugh.
Were you outstanding? If you’re calling yourself fine, probably not.
Breastfed babies have been shown to have higher intelligence and cognitive aptitude.
6) Taste Buds- Children are able to taste what we eat at least somewhat in our milk.
They end up being less fussy and picky eaters because of that.
7) Weight- Breastfed toddlers tend to have a slimmer chance of childhood obesity.
8) Portability- Breastfeeding is much easier than carrying around food containers and cups.
Another bonus is that in new places it can aid with comfort.
9) Hair- The protein in your milk after 12 months provides 43% of your toddler’s needs.
This makes their hair much stronger and glossier.
10) Bumps and Scratches- Breastmilk is a great healer for the bumps, bruises, and scratches that come with having a mobile toddler.
11) Skin- Breastmilk helps skin stay soft and can help with any eczema that may occur.
12) Hydration- Breastmilk is easy to digest.
When your toddler gets sick and other liquids can’t be handled breastmilk often can be.
Though the chance of getting sick is so much slimmer being breastfed.
13) Immune System- At two years of age, an immune system is functioning at 60% of an adult’s.
Your breastmilk gives your child antibodies to help them heal quickly and avoid getting sick in the first place.
14) Independence- This is a big one.
The bond your toddler and you will share because of nursing helps build their confidence.
With them being able to trust you to be there and care for them, they are much more willing to go off on their own and explore.
So breastfeed to your hearts content my dear readers!
Thank You for Reading!