Should I stop breastfeeding my 16-month-old?

After my son turned 1 a few months ago, people told me to stop breastfeeding completely and start baby-led weaning. My baby does wean but should I stop breastfeeding completely? Comments like, “If you don't stop now, you will see yourself breastfeeding him even when he turns 10 years old” haunted me.

I am now a stay-at-home mom. This means I have all the time in the world to be with my child and breastfeed whenever he wishes. If you are a mother who has (is) breastfed, I am sure you will understand when I say that it’s not only about feeding the baby. The whole process is much more than that. For instance, I am immediately relaxed and calm after feeding my child. In fact, I think I developed a stronger bond with my son because of such sessions where it is an exclusive time with just me and him.

But since I got such comments and suggestions from people, it sort of worried me and I decided to do some research and dig deeper. I found some really interesting findings-

While it benefits the baby, there are some amazing benefits for the mother too —

  • Lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • Less endometriosis
  • Less osteoporosis with age
  • Less diabetes
  • Less hypertension decreases blood pressure
  • Less cardiovascular disease

Moral of the story: I can, and rather should, be breastfeeding my child until he is 2years old. I rest my case now. 😁

P.S: Little did I know, when I wrote this blog, that this week (Aug 1 to Aug 7th) is observed as World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is — “Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support” I guess I have done my part. :)

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Meera Radhakrishnan

Always family first, Fitness enthusiast, Avid reader, Dancer, Sports, tech.