Moms are encouraged to breastfeed for as long as possible. Because of its countless benefits, letting your baby wean by himself might just be the best decision you’re going to make. Let’s go over the reasons why you should do this.
1. It makes the baby healthier
We’re not new to the health benefits of breastfeeding. It is the ultimate source of nutrition for babies and not even the most advanced formulation could replicate it.
A lot of people think that if you continue breastfeeding toddlers, the nutritional value will simply be lost in the mother’s milk over time. In fact, I asked a number of people about their opinion on breastfeeding older children and many of them raised the concern of it being useless because the milk is no longer as powerful as before.
That is simply not true.
Regardless of how long the mother has been breastfeeding, the quality will still be the same. It will still be good for the child.
2. It makes the child stronger
Fighting diseases is among the concerns you’re going to face especially in the early years of your baby. Their immune system is still weak. They cannot fight off illnesses the way adults do.
Breastfeeding can help children build stronger immune systems. Experts have found out that breastfed babies have a lower chance of developing allergies and asthma. You’d be also minimizing the risk of SIDS. So through breastfed toddlers continue to get these benefits.
3. It brings you two much closer
Another good thing we can get from breastfeeding is the stronger relationship formed from the skin to skin contact with the toddler. This promotes healthier bond. Your emotional connection will be strengthened.
Some claim that extended breastfeeding impedes the child’s ability to form independence, saying it can turn the healthy relationship into unhealthy dependency that no child can benefit from. However, moms who breastfeed beyond their baby’s toddler years can attest that this does not happen. In fact, older ones who have been breastfeed up until their later years grow up to be healthy and well-functioning children.
4. It makes you healthier
One of the wonders of breastfeeding is how it can be beneficial for the mom too. Studies tell us that it doesn’t only lower the risk of diseases such as diabetes, breast cancer, etc. It can also improve your mental health because it decreases the risk of you developing postpartum disorder. It can also calm the mind because nursing can give you a break from all the things you need to do around the house.
5. It’s free and convenient
Where can you find a nourishing drink that is free and can be accessed anytime, anywhere? Even water doesn’t fall under this category. It can help you economically. Formula milk is extremely expensive but it can’t even get close to the quality of breast milk. If more moms would opt to breastfeeding for at least 6 months, communities around the world will surely flourish.
In my opinion, children should be breastfed as much as they want to. Weaning at an early age is okay, as long as it is up to them. However, I also can’t dismiss the fact that there are moms whose situations don’t allow extended breastfeeding. Not all of us have this luxury. If you have any problem regarding breastfeeding, know that we are here for you. Simply leave a message below and together, let’s work on a solution