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Advocating Extended Breastfeeding

Advocating Extended Nursing
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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 Wonderful FAQ on Common Misconceptions About Extended Nursing

Mama's Books About Extended Nursing

Mothering Your Nursing Toddler

Children's Books About Extended Nursing

I'm Made Of Mama's Milk

Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy

We Like To Nurse

The Physical Health Benefits of Extended Nursing

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).