From Breast To Bottle: Weaning Your Baby
Moms can slowly and successfully move their baby off a breastfeeding schedule.
How Long Should You Wait Before Weaning? continued...
"In my experience, babies who are breastfed until they
are toddlers are more sociable, they are happier and better adjusted children.
Most have a very high IQ and they seem to be overall very well-rounded
children," says Hodge.
As a result, many lactation experts say prolonged
nursing is OK -- as long as both baby and mom want it that way.
"This is a personal decision and it should be made by
the mother," says Hodge. Aponte agrees to a point. Once a toddler reaches age
2, Aponte encourages mothers to stop breastfeeding -- and most
"If you're done it for two years, then you have more
than given your baby an excellent start in life," he says. "At that point
weaning is probably a good idea."
Note in developing countries, as well as in some
European nations, breastfeeding a child until age four or five is acceptable
and considered normal. Some experts in the U.S. say that this could become
the norm here as well if breastfeeding becomes more widely accepted.