Q&A: Is It Okay to Keep Breastfeeding My Two-year-old?

Is it okay to keep breastfeeding my two-year-old?
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
Mar 2017

To quote the American Academy of Pediatrics, they recommend “exclusivebreastfeeding for approximately the first six months and support breastfeeding for the first year and beyond as long as mutually desired by mother and child.” Although extended nursing may not be as common in the United States as it is inmost other parts of the world, it can still be valued. As parents, we are constantly advocating for our children and breastfeeding is often one of the first instanceswhere we make choices for our families. Every mom carries her own beliefs,culture, and circumstance. It is important to support ALL nursing moms in theirendeavor to breastfeed their children without criticism or judgement and thereby making her and her baby’s breastfeeding experience as positive as it can be.

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