Nursing the Older Baby and ToddlerBreastfeeding an older baby or toddler is not only easy and enjoyable but also beneficial to both mother and child.
A child’s immune system is not fully developed until six years old. Older babies, especially those in day care, are often more exposed to pathogens. As long as the child is breastfed, his mother’s milk protects him from infection and aids in the development of his own immune system. Continuing to breastfeed also protects your child from developing allergies and asthma.
Help your child to learnMother’s milk continues to contain special growth factors that help the brain, gut and other organs to mature. Extensive research into breastfeeding and cognitive development, found a positive relationship between a child’s intelligence and how long he breastfed.
Besides that, mother’s milk is a good filling food. Israeli researchers recently discovered that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the higher the fat and energy content is in her milk.
The health benefits for the mother also continue as long as baby is breastfeeding and often beyond. Research has found that the longer a woman has lactated, the lower her risk of breast cancer.