4 Responses To Those Who Criticize You For Breastfeeding A Child Older Than 1 Year

Is it right or wrong? These 4 answers will shut the mouth of many.

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and noble acts that human beings can perform. However, it is not uncommon to come across people who are prejudiced about breastfeeding. When you are convinced that you are doing the best for your child, no one can stop you in this act of love, however, you must be prepared to know how to respond with height to criticism from outsiders.

Today there are numerous scientific studies that provide revealing data on the benefits of breast milk. It is known that at the year of a baby’s life, her immune system is not yet fully developed. The importance of breast milk, after the year is that it is still loaded with protective antibodies, and it is also a complete and nutritious snack. There are many benefits that breastfeeding brings, so when someone criticizes or judges you, find out and respond with complete confidence. Nobody better than you to know what is best for your baby.

Are you still breastfeeding?

Well of course!. It’s my chest, it’s my son, it’s our decision. The World Health Organization recommends a minimum lactation (yes, minimum) of 2 years duration, continuing if the child and the mother want, a few more years. When they ask you why you are breastfeeding your 2 or 3-year-old son, you ask again, why shouldn’t you? There are no serious scientific studies that say that breastfeeding a child older than 2 years can affect her psychologically. If you try to always give your child “the most,” why should you give him “the least” breastfeeding time?

Why do you breastfeed if after 6 months it is only water that comes out?

I was left dry when I was told this. But I never keep quiet. Nothing is further than saying that our milk is “water.” Mothers’ milk varies in its composition according to the needs of the infant. When a mother breastfeeds a 2 or 3-year-old child, she is providing him with rich nutrients, which together with complementary feeding make an excellent nutritional combo. At that age, children need great energy, so breast milk has high levels of fat. When someone comes out with that your milk no longer feeds, respond “well, how strange, because look how healthy my son looks.”

“How ugly, so big and breastfeeding”

You can answer with height, that those prejudices are in the mind of whoever raises that nonsense. It is never “ugly” to see a child take its mother’s breast. The taboo is only in people’s minds. Children associate the act of breastfeeding with the warmth of their mother, shelter, protection. No 3-year-old boy will associate his mother’s breast with sexual connotations. If you and your child are comfortable, you don’t have to wean your child.

“Take her tit out now, then you won’t be able to”

I don’t know of a 25-year-old adult who continues to feed from his mother’s breast. The anthropological age of weaning a child is between 2 and 7 years (yes, 7 years). No one is going to go through life nursing a 6 or 7-year-old in public, but according to science it could be perfectly possible, just that culturally we are not used to it. Respectful weaning is one that follows the child’s natural rhythm. If you want to wean first ask yourself if both want, and if only you as a mother want, and you have your reasons, then do it in a gradual and respectful way.

Regardless, you may still find people who refuse to acknowledge the benefits of prolonged breastfeeding. As long as you are informed and know that everything you do is for the good of your baby, then you are on the right track. Breastfeeding time is one of the best moments in a woman’s life, don’t let anyone overshadow it.

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