I havent even started breast feeding yet since my first LO is due next month. But I was curious about extended breastfeeding. I understand the importance and benefits of breastfeeding through 6 months at least and then 12 idealy but was wondering about people who breastfeed after 1 year.
Now I want to say that I mean no offense to anyone and respect everyones choice to breast feed for however long they feel appropriate for their children. Im just honestly curious.- That being said, why do you breast feed on the breast after 1 year? What are the benefits of breastfeeding from the boob at that point? Im kind of new to this so I apologize but it seems some what weird to me. Like, most people start weaning at this point who use bottles and so why not just pump and put the milk in a bottle or tippy cup so they still get the nutrients but arent on your boob and are being more independant. This especially confuses me with children 2 and up as I personally no longer consider them babies. I just feel like its kind of strange personally and might cause issues with dependancy and self soothing ...and would rather pump and put it in a cup or something at that age. But again Im new to this so I have no room to talk.
So can any one explain to me their personal reasons for doing it or like.. any real benefits of breast feeding a 1+ or especially 2+ year old from the breast still vs pumping? I really am just curious, no judgment here. Im sure all the mamas here are doing whats best for their children :)
Thanks so much for all of the replies and links! I get it now. Its always a lot nicer to hear it from people who actually do it and are doing it :) Thanks again guys! You are all awesome.