Up to what age can you and should you breastfeed? Various organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), have tried to figure out what age you should breastfeed a baby until. According to the WHO, every child should be allowed to breastfeed for up to two years, and then as long as mother and child continue to feel comfortable feeding. In practice, however, most toddlers do not breastfeed. Therefore, some organizations, such as Child & Family, say that women should try to give breastmilk for at least six months. Other organizations, mainly breastfeeding associations, recommend at least one year. And some even say that ideally you should continue until infanthood
Research has shown that the natural age at which children no longer wish to breastfeed lies anywhere between 2.5 and 7 years, so really you can continue almost as long as you like.
There is no magic number. Stopping breastfeeding is down to each individual mother.
Also see these information articles: · Breastfeeding · Benefits · Bottling · Breastfeeding diapers · Changing food · Clustering · Empty days · Let down reflex · Menstruation · Milk channels and breast inflammation · Milk production · Nipples · Physical consequences · Positioning · Quickly stopping · Reasons to stop · Tandem feeding · Thrush
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