Frequent question: Is extended breastfeeding harmful?

As the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) states, “There is no evidence that extended breastfeeding is harmful to mother or child.” In fact, the AAFP goes a step further and claims that nursing beyond infancy can lead to “better social adjustment” for children.

Is extended breastfeeding healthy?

The benefits of breast-feeding beyond infancy for a mother include: Reduced risk of certain illnesses. Breast-feeding for 12 months or more cumulatively in life has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

At what age is breastfeeding no longer beneficial?

Health professionals recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with a gradual introduction of appropriate family foods in the second six months and ongoing breastfeeding for two years or beyond.

Can I breastfeed my husband during pregnancy?

Lots of women leak colostrum or clear fluid from their nipples when they’re pregnant. It’s not exactly the same stuff you’ll produce when you’re breastfeeding, but it is your breasts’ way of priming the pump (so to speak). As long as you and your breasts are enjoying it, your husband can, too.

What are the disadvantages of breastfeeding?

Cons

  • You may feel discomfort, particularly during the first few days or weeks.
  • There isn’t a way to measure how much your baby is eating.
  • You’ll need to watch your medication use, caffeine, and alcohol intake. Some substances that go into your body are passed to the baby through your milk.
  • Newborns eat frequently.
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Can you exclusively breastfeed for 2 years?

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding (i.e. no other fluids or solids) for six months and then continued breastfeeding combined with solid foods for 2 years or as long as mother and baby desire. Read here about what breastfeeding provides at the different ages and stages of your baby’s life.

Is it OK to breastfeed a 5 year old?

For the rest of the world it’s very common that toddlers 4 to 5 years old still are nursed by moms for bonding and health reasons. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding babies up to two years, precisely because of the breast-cancer-prevention benefits.

Can a baby survive on only breast milk?

Six months of breastmilk alone is too long and could harm babies, scientists now say | Breastfeeding | The Guardian.