Originally Posted by kriket
I have always read EBF for 6 months is the minimum where you see benefits from breastfeeding. As in EBF for less than 6m and FF infants have the same rate of illness and issues.
I would love to see a study on benefits of BFing a toddler.
One of the clearest benefits in human milk feeding is in the decrease in necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. They are certainly not 6 months old, but there is clear benefit of human milk feeding. There are some papers that show a dose-related benefit as well, by comparing human milk based fortifier and cow milk based fortifier, and human milk with preterm infant formula supplementation.
Your statement seems pretty broad, and I would say that the preterm infant literature (at least) disputes it. I'm wondering if there was something specific you read regarding healthy 6 month olds that I have missed (as my interest is in preterm infants, I don't read a lot of literature about human milk feeding of older, healthy infants, if such literature exists.)
OP if you want to extrapolate this data (benefit for short durations and dose related benefit to mixing human milk and cow milk) then I would say that there is an immunologic/nutritional benefit for any human milk.
And I"m nursing a 14 month old twice a day, so I put what I believe into practice!
hope that helps,