What age should you stop breastfeeding your baby?

The world health organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding of babies up to 6 months with no other foods, liquids, or even water.

Breast milk is important in child growth and health. Children who are breastfed are intelligent, less likely to be overweight, and have less diabetes in later life. Breastfeeding does not only help the children but also advantageous to mothers. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and fewer chances of getting pregnant.

As much as breastfeeding is important to the child’s life, there comes a time when mothers feel their children should stop breasting. Do you think there is a specific age for children to stop breastfeeding?

Stopping your child from breastfeeding depends on the child, and the mother as well. Some children tend to stop breastfeeding by themselves when they are as young as seven months. When your baby stops breastfeeding at this age make sure to feed him/her on a healthy diet. However, it is a rare case in children, most children enjoy breast milk, and it can be difficult for mothers to stop them. 

Mothers stop their children from breastfeeding at different ages. Some mothers prefer breastfeeding their children up to four years no matter the reactions from their community or fellow mums. People may see it awkward to breastfeed a child for up to four years. Meanwhile, other mothers stop breastfeeding their children as soon as they start walking regardless of age. The appropriate age to stop breastfeeding a child is two years. By two years a child can be on fed all kinds of nutritious foods to keep to him or her healthy. 

Therefore, if you are thinking of stopping breastfeeding your little one, you should breastfeed her up to two years no matter how busy you are.  

sources

https://www.who.int/health-topics/breastfeeding#

https://www.health.go.ke/ Guidelines for securing a breastfeeding friendly environment at the work place may 2018

Published by Motherly heart

My name is Mary Ajambo, and I am a blogger at motherly heart. I am a mother. I love writing. I am here to make parenting an Interesting adventure for both mums and dads.

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