I dont really mind what age people breastfeed till - seriously even till they are 8 it's none of my business. BUT here's what I do think it's 100% unquestionable. The main food of a child up until they are 12 months old should be milk - that's a fact. Kids can have regular, off the doorstep cows milk from aged 12 months so to me, it's totally 100% acceptable to see a baby with either a boob or a bottle of formula in it's mouth at any point until it's first birthday!!! As Aleksandr the meerkat says.....SIMPLES!!!!
I can't believe how ignorant and judgemental some people are! Just stick to your guns and ignore her Toria, you are doing the right thing.
Like MM said, under 12 months, breast milk or formula milk is better for a baby than cow's milk (which is produced for calves not humans!) and drinking it too early can lead to allergies.
I have also had people saying, 'oh, you are still breastfeeding? When are you thinking of stopping?' Tristan is only just turned six months old! He is still a young baby. It annoys me that people can stick their noses in and question your choices.
I have started getting more people tutting about me feeding lately and people have started asking me 'oh your still feeding him...how come'...... because i want to thats how come!!
I fully intend to feed harry until hes 12 months and after that he can decide how long he wants to feed for.
Well done you for sticking up to her xxxxx
Yeah I don't get how anyone would question it under 12mo...they HAVE to be on some type of milk, why not the best option out there if it's available? That makes no sense to me. I'm an admin of another parenting forum and someone started a debate on breastfeeding and how long should you do it, mind you I'm a very active admin, everyone on there knows how long I nursed Hayden for (he has just weaned over the last month, though he did ask to nurse again n his 19mo "bday" the other day )and LOTS of the girls went on and on about how you shouldn't nurse a baby past a year especially, some were saying like 9mo too, it really bothered me because I felt like they were taking it as their chance to say they didn't agree with what I was doing kwim? So I put some people in their place haha, spit out a bunch of FACTS on why breastmilk is best, even for toddlers and so on and how self weaning is good for them. I hate it when people pass judgement like that, who are they to say how you should feed them and when you should stop nursing. BTW the world average is 4yrs old, the WHO recommends until 2yrs old..the AAP (which I know doesn't apply to most of you anyways) is until 12mo old. If a toddler has to be on milk again why not be the best milk you can give them, nothing wrong with cows milk but it doesn't offer the same benefits as breastmik so why not keep giving that. ugh if you can't tell it's a senstive subject for me, something I'm very passionate about haha
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