Originally Posted by MotherOf2Boys
I told her that I found this site that has a lot of good information about the benefits of BFing after 1 yr. She said thats perverse (sp?) and that she wouldnt have that. She is suppose to be calling me back later and I will read off a lot of the good information you girls posted. Any other tips? Well besides hitting her over the head with a pan?
First, it's not her place to "have that" or not. She isn't the decision maker this time around. Second, she's wrong. It's not perverse, it's actually normal. But our society has assigned breasts a different job from what they are meant to do, and won't believe anymore that it's ok for them to be used for their original purpose - meeting the nutrition and health and comfort needs of our children for two or more years.
Here is some info you might be interested in and might want to share with your mom. Even if she still doesn't come around, you know in your heart you are doing the work to look into the facts and just because she won't believe them, doesn't make them worthless.
World Health Organization:
" Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers
. A recent review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond."http://www.who.int/child-adolescent-..._exclusive.htm
American Academy of Family Physicians:
"Breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is currently not the cultural norm and requires ongoing support and encouragement. If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned. http://www.aafp.org/x6633.xml
You can also let your mom know that research is beginning to show the psychological benefits of nursing past one year & beyond -
According to Sally Kneidel in "Nursing Beyond One Year" (New Beginnings, Vol. 6 No. 4, July-August 1990, pp. 99-103.):
" One study that dealt specifically with babies nursed longer than a year showed a significant link between the duration of nursing and mothers' and teachers' ratings of social adjustment in six- to eight-year-old children (Ferguson et al, 1987). In the words of the researchers, 'There are statistically significant tendencies for conduct disorder scores to decline with increasing duration of breastfeeding.
And not only do the psychological benefits affect individual children, but the results of nursing longer show up in the behavior of adults!! Take a look at this site that shows the longer a nation nurses their babies, the lower their rates of violence are:
Cross-cultural research indicates a positive correlation between a culture's norm for duration of breastfeeding and its level of peacefulness. Breastfeeding also promotes development in the parts of the human brain that regulate emotions and help us solve problems non-violently. http://milkofhumankindness.org/