Breastfeeding: How Long Is Too Long for Little Ones?
Moms recognize the best feeding for babies is breastfeeding, when it is possible to do so. But when it comes to breastfeeding, how long is too long? A recent study offers some insight.
Breastfeeding is known as the best feeding for babies for many reasons. It helps boost their immune systems and provide essential nutrients for optimum well-being in the future. But beyond social norms, when it comes to breastfeeding how long is too long for little ones? A recent study might provide some answers for breastfeeding moms.
When it comes to breastfeeding, some women never do it and others do it for years. Some societal norms question when a child is talking and walking yet still breastfeeding. Others make women who prefer not to breastfeed feel guilty. But what really matters? The bottom line is doing what is best for the mother and child in their unique situation. That will be as different as each mother and baby. Societal opinions are irrelevant. Getting the facts about breastfeeding and how long is too long can help keep kids healthier.
Breastfeeding – How Long is Too Long?
Mothers want to provide the best for their children. To some, that means breastfeeding as long as the child accepts this method of getting nutrients. A researchers followed over 1,000 children in Brazil. By age 5, the children were examined by dentists for cavities, tooth decay, and missing teeth. Dr. Karen Peres, the lead author and an associate professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia said, “Children who are exposed to breastfeeding beyond 24 months are usually those breastfed on demand and at night.” She added this habit makes it quite difficult to clean teeth in this specific period.
The Bottom Line
Mothers who choose to breastfeed beyond one year should be aware of the risk of dental cavities. Preventative methods should be employed to avoid cavities. And most children should have their first dental exams by the age of one.
How long did you breastfeed your child? Both of my children weaned themselves off by the time they were about six months old. When it comes to breastfeeding, how long is too long? Or should children naturally wean themelves off, as mine did? Share your opinions below!