Friday, April 01, 2011

How do we normalize toddler feeding?

I was delighted to be turned on to this website, with toddlers being toddlers...and breastfeeding.
http://www.drmomma.org/2011/02/joy-of-nursing-toddlers-photo-gallery.html#comment-form
True, we are having enough difficulty getting solid momentum to support women in their breastfeeding in the postpartum period, and in creating a social environment that embraces the breastfeeding mom...but let's be optimistic and ensure that we continue to support breastfeeding into the toddler years. The immune system still needs help, and toddler hugs are the best. This is an important developmental period for continued confidence building, and the breastfed kiddo may be more independent because they have the firm base in attachment and trust... Remember, bottles at this slightly older age are fraught with excess exposure to infections and dental decay issues. But good old human milk has those healing factors...Evolutionarily, as well, while other mammal young feed from mom until they are entirely on adult food, why should we not give our babies the same advantage?
So, next steps? Well I think we might change our header pix to include some older children and their moms breastfeeding. Other thoughts?