How Many Months/Years Should I Breastfeed?

To wean or not to wean is a breastfeeding FAQ that begins to come up after a child starts eating solid food.

The breastfeeding experts at the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests breastfeeding your baby for a minimum of the first six months after birth. The AAP strongly encourages breastfeeding past six months to at least a full year after a child is born. Your body will continue to produce breast milk at a level matching your child’s consumption as long as you remain healthy and in physically good condition.

You can continue to breastfeed nearly as long as you and your child wish to continue. Now days it is more and more common to breastfeed your toddler. There have been several documented instances of a mother breastfeeding her child over five years. Breastfeeding research does not cover what additional health benefits are afforded a child that breastfeeds beyond one year.

When to wean is a personal choice shared with your child. You may find your decision influenced by the needs of your child, social situations, and family influences.

If you are just beginning to think about whether or not to wean here are 10 reasons to think twice about weaning.

If you and your child are ready to begin weaning here are a few resources:
Five signs the time to wean has come
How to stop breastfeeding?
Weaning Best Practices

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