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I need an article or 2 about extended breastfeeding for my mom! (more)

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I need an article or 2 about extended breastfeeding for my mom! (more)
My mom is really leaning on me to wean sarah (13 months old) because she was found to be anemic(we are doing supplements as ped reccommended) My sarah eats and bf's so I feel happy with that and I would say her calorie intake is about 1/2 and 1/2.....1/2 solids and 1/2 my milk. .. I want to be able to send my mom info that reccommends bf'ing past one year old and the more "mainstream and official" the reccommender the better.........I am having a hell of a time getting good quotes and am running low on online time to look.........any help would be great!!!
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You can't get any more "mainstream and official" than the World Health Organization, which recommends:

"continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond."

As for the anemia, breatfeeding is the best thing you can do. While breastmilk contains less iron than formula, a much higher percentage is available to the baby's body because the breastmillk contains iron in the proper form to be absorbed.

To aid absorption of iron from the solid foods in Sarah's diet, consider giving vitamin C -rich foods at the same time as you give the suppliment.
This article has information about iron and anemia. She also has more article references at the bottom which are pretty good.

Website for the Mothering Your Nursing Toddler book:

This is the extended breastfeeding fact sheet from She has an extensive list of reasons to continue nursing after a year and link to more.
moms are tough nuts to crack on the ebf'ing issue, aren't they? My mom is doing pretty well, so far; we'll see if her attitude and comments remain positive further down the line. I hope all this good and valid information you're being given will help YOUR mom see the light. Our moms don't realize how often their support can make the difference between doing something and not.
OT: Isn't molasses a good source of iron? My mom used to make molasses cookies all the time. If you made them with chopped raisins, I think that would be highly absorbable iron.

My neighbor bfed all her children, but non beyound 8 mos or so (when they started to pop off and look around). She's in her 70s, an immigrant, and a pretty smart lady. When we were discussing bfing (they knew ds nursed to almost 2) and I mentioned the WHO recommendations, she immediately had more respect for the info. I also told her I thought the global average was something like 4yo; she thought so too, and it made our nursing seem...well, conservative.
Here is a page full of helpful links....

If I had to choose one, I suggest you read the information from Katherine Dettwyler, PhD. She bases her info on facts from studies she has done....

KellyMom's website (given above by phathui5) is also an excellent source that appeals to all "types" of people (including conservatives).

Good luck to you! It's worth it!
There are unquestionable nutritional and economic advantages of sustained breastfeeding. Even beyond infancy young children return to the breast for comfort when they are sick...and thereby passively receive more food than others who are sick.
Dr. Ted Greiner

Breastfeeding beyond the first year offers considerable benefits to both mother and child, and should continue as long as mutually desired....If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned.

UNICEF and the World Health Organization both advise breastfeeding to "two years and beyond." Indeed, a child's immune response does not reach its full strength until age five or so.
from a Scientific American article by Dr. Jack Newman
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