Mamas milk is an advocacy, support, and discussion forum for extended nursing and/or child-led weaning. It is a place for unconditional acceptance of the varied choices we make as mothers to our children. It is a place of safety for women who cherish their nursing toddlers and a source of information for women considering a nursing relationship beyond the first year.
A longer duration of breastfeeding has been found to be directly associated with not only fewer infant illnesses, but subsequently, fewer toddler illnesses. (Gulick EE, 1986. The effects of breast-feeding on toddler health. Pediatr Nurs 12(1):51-54)
Extended nursing may delay the return of fertility by continuing to suppress ovulation in some women. Breastfeeding also provides protection against these diseases:
* ovarian cancer (Schneider AP, NE J Med, 1987) * uterine cancer (Brock KE, Med J Australia, 1989) * endometrial cancer (Petterson B et al, Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand, 1986) * osteoporosis (Blaauw R et al, SAMJ 1994). Breastfeeding also has been shown to decrease insulin requirements in diabetic women (Davies HA, British Med J, 1989).