Full-term Breastfeeding is Beautiful

A friend of mine posted this YouTube video on Facebook. It’s kind of old (posted before Peanut was born, actually), but the point is still relevant. Some of those comments people made on her past video made me want to cry.

Breastfeeding is a beautiful, wonderful, life-saving thing. While I understand that it doesn’t always work out, it’s a one time opportunity to give your child the absolute best start in life—just remember that that start doesn’t mean the first 3 or 6 or 12 or 24 months. Nursing full-term—2, 3, 4, 5+ years—is still giving them the best start. Yes, a five year old is still starting out their life. Five years is what, maybe 1/14 of your life conservatively? It is the beginning.

There is no magic time where breastfeeding is no longer nutritionally beneficial, becomes sexual, harms the child psychologically, etc. Breastfeeding 6 days is better than none, 6 weeks is better than 6 days, 6 months is better than 6 weeks, and 6 years is better than 6 months. Of course many children wean before that, but the longer the better. Why not provide the most nutritionally sound food for your child as long as possible? Especially when that food has anti-bodies, helps bonding, and so many other wonderful benefits.

P.S. Happy {barely still} IBCLC day!


One thought on “Full-term Breastfeeding is Beautiful

  1. I love the points you make about five years being the beginning of a child’s life. It really is such a tiny space in the entire length of life. Like everything else during those first years, everything is intense and strongly affects future development. Every drop of mama’s milk is a treasure for their lives.

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