YES In this one, LOGIC RULES!!!!!!!!!
I have tried very very hard to go by my gut on this one. I do have friends who have breastfed until their children were 3 and 4! When I first heard this, I thought thats a little wierd! Now that my son is 2 and still nursing 4or so times a day, I don't think it is so "weird." Infact its the most natural thing in the world.
Its really a mental thing. Look at history. It was unthinkable to wean your child at the tender age of one, 100 years ago. What better thing would you replace it with anyways? Cows milk??? That would be taking it down a notch nutritionwise.
It has also been documented that a TODDLER still gets all kinds of immunities from the mother with breastfeeding. Its has nothing to do with the amount of milk the child drinks because the immunities just concentrate themselves. Onr benefit for the mother is that for every year you breastfeed your child, you lower the overall lifetime risk of breast cancer by 4.8%
As for all the relatives that have constipated minds and diareeah mouths well..... ignore it. If you cave to the peer pressure your precious little one will take the hit. So whats most important??
Thats an easy one for me. My son will nurse until he wants to stop. I can gradually see him loosing interest little by little. Eventually he will just loose interest altogether.
My fatherinlaw who was born in Denmark nursed until he was 4. He was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. He died last year. I think a great tribute to him would be to nurse until my son is 4 too but its I am leaving it up to him. Karen