My 21 month old has a speech delay and we have started seeing a speech therapist. At our last meeting she went on and on about extended breastfeeding/bottle/ and or pacifier use, and how its connected and can cause some speech issues, because he still nurses. She said that around 80% of the older kids she sees with major speech issues had extended breastfeeding/bottle/ and or pacifier use. I asked her what about other cultures where extended breastfeeding is the norm, and why not everyone in those places have speech issues. Since I use to travel a lot and I fondly remember seeing older children breastfeeding in India, Nepal and Thailand. Also heard about how in Mongolia and some places in Africa they breastfeed older children too. All she said was that they don't have the same sounds as our English has.
I've never heard this before and was trying to look up info on-line and have not found any recent studies about this anywhere, actually just the opposite. I plan on letting my guy self wean and I can tell its not going to happen any time soon, which I have no problem with. I just would like to know if other mamas here know of any research done on this. I would also like to know about other cultures breastfeeding and any research on them connected to speech. Or just any related info or experience with this.