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. :)



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Meera Radhakrishnan

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