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    What is a healthy age for babies to stop breastfeeding?

    My previous children stopped breastfeeding around 1 year. I have seen other children still breastfeeding at 3 years old. What is healthy?

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    Hi lovebeingamom,

    There are loads of nutritional, developmental, social and emotional benefits to a child breastfeeding until they choose to stop. Evidence shows that the majority of children will wean themselves from breastfeeding between age 3 and 4 if they are allowed to breastfed as long as they choose. Indeed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that it is best if breastfeeding continues to age 2 years and beyond. The American Paediatrics Society said on this topic 'it is a lucky child who is breastfed until 2 and beyond'.

    At 12 months of age a baby can still get 80-90% of their nutritional requirements from the breastmilk alone. Breastmilk is so complex and delicate that no other food or milk comes close to its make-up (it includes stem cells and reduces both child and mum's chance of certain types of cancer). This figure gradually reduces to around 20% at 24 months of age. So you see there are still many benefits, even if solely looking at the nutrients, going into the third year of life.

    With warm wishes,
    LJ

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    Thank you!

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