Breast feeding after the first year is called extended breast feeding.                                        

Benefits of Breastfeeding After the First Year

For Infants:

  • Breast milk composition changes to suit your child’s needs.
  • Breast milk continue to protect your child from infection as it is still rich in antibodies.
  • Breast fed children tend to have shorter illnesses.
  • Breastfeeding protects child from many illnesses later in life.
  • Extended breastfeeding protects your child from developing allergy.
  • Extended breastfeeding contributes to increased mental and intellectual development.

For Mother

  • Creates a strong bond with baby
  • Protection against breast and ovarian cancer
  • Protection against cardiovascular diseases
  • Protection against diabetes
  • Protection against osteoporosis
  • Protection against rheumatoid arthritis
  • Contraception (but to a lesser extent than before)
  • Aids in weight loss

Changes You Will Notice When Breastfeeding At This Age:

  • Shorter breastfeeding session (around 2 minutes only). Your child is breastfeeding more efficiently.
  • Your child is easily distracted at this age.
  • Less nursing sessions during day and night (usually twice a day).
  • Your child might want to nurse for comfort

Weaning:

Definition:

It is when an infant or toddler stops breastfeeding and becomes fully dependent external sources (other than breast milk) when it comes to nutrition.

When Should I Wean My Baby

It is recommended to let your baby start the weaning process or when your milk supply comes to an end.

Consult your doctor if you decide to wean your child.