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Extended Breastfeeding


The ADHS sponsored a presentation by Dr. Nils Bergman yesterday. I cannot even begin to imagine where to start writing a summary of what he shared.  He is the foremost expert on what is called "kangaroo care"; in other words, ZERO SEPARATION of MotherBaby after birth, and keeping the baby Skin-to-Skin, ideally for the first 1000 minutes of life.

One piece I can share in conjunction with today's image in celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  It was so reassuring to hear was his evolutionary theory on mammals, and how other mammals nurse their young until they lose their "milk teeth". What do we know them as? "Baby teeth"!  You could have heard a pin drop as everyone had an "aha!" moment.  If we were to follow the evolutionary design, our children would be nursed until they started losing their baby teeth!

It validated our decision that Charger nursed until his 5th birthday (and he still hasn't lost any baby teeth a year later!!).  As of now, we continue extended breastfeeding with Otter.  Will I be ready to nurse until she loses her baby teeth, maybe past her 6th birthday? I don't know that.  I am however, glad that my mind has been opened to the possibilty.  

The other mind-expanding fact he shared was that triglyceride content of breastmilk increases in direct correlation with a child's age. So as the brain building continues after birth, the mother's body feeds the brain the fuel to grow.  Triglyceride is known to aid in the myelination of the neurons, and healthy neurons are essential to the functioning of the nervous system.  When you consider that most of our brain growth happens before the 5th-6th birthday, biological breastfeeding provides a child an amazing opportunity to myelinate with nature's building blocks.

Whatever happens going forward, biology stands behind the choice to do extended breastfeeding in our family.  I am inspired to keep it up, even if I am amongst the minority who does so.  Hopefully as more of us speak up, others will be confident in their choice to breastfeed into toddlerhood, and beyond.  Thank you, Dr. Bergman!

(We still haven't gotten his notes from ADHS, and he was speeding through slides to get through his presentation.  When we receive his notes, I will share the studies he referenced in his talk.)

Fan picture!! My friend Michelle and I with Dr. Bergman. 
Note: he is wearing a kangaroo necktie! 
Michelle Hottya is an IBCLC at AZ Breastfeeding Center ("ABC").  
Make sure to check the blog on Tuesdays in Augus to see our special 
Q&A with SPB, featuring the IBCLCs from ABC answering your questions!

Are you doing extended breastfeeding? What encourages or inspires you?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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