Unfortunately, how long a mother should nurse her baby does not have an easy
answer. Advice given by people, whether it's doctors, a breastfeeding counselor
or your mother, it is confusing and contradictory. Everyone you talk to has
different advice for you. Combine this with the fact that every mom & baby are
different, and you have good reason to be wondering what is the best thing to
Breastfeeding also helps reduce the risk of allergies in infants who have a family history of asthma, food allergy, or eczema. It is easily digested and contains just the right amount of fat, protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. It is inexpensive and require no special equipment or preparation.
Breastmilk changes as your
baby grows and is the only food needed for the first 4 to 6 months. So does that
mean you should only breastfeed for the first 4 to 6 months and then stop? Wean
your baby at one year? Yes? No? Maybe?
Anne Cavicchi is a Canadian wife and mother of one boy and two step-daughters. She also owns Annie's Maternity Corner where you'll find everything you need for pregnancy and baby! Great products, articles, information and more to see you through pregnancy and baby's first years at Annie's. www.maternitycorner.com