A viewer asks The Doctors on social media if it’s okay to breastfeed past a year. She says her goal was to nurse for a year but now that it’s approaching she doesn’t know if she or her child is ready to wean.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry shares that the American Academy of Pediatrics says moms should breastfeed for the first 12 months, introduce solid foods at about 6 months, but beyond the 12 months if it’s good for the mom and baby, keep going! Dr. Nita adds that the World Health Organization says up to 2 years and if you look at literature worldwide, on average babies are weaned between 2 and 4 years of age.
Dr. Nita shares that breastfeeding is nutritious and good for the baby. She says it can also help decrease the incidence of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer in moms. Also, it saves money! Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra shared that she nursed her older daughter for 13 months because she wanted her to get the transfer of antibodies and protection against infection.
“Shame on the people who judge mothers for breastfeeding!” says Dr. Nita. Dr. Batra says that no matter what you do as a mom, there will be people who judge you. She says that she wishes “We all just accepted each other’s choices and try to give each other support, and just do what works for you and your family!”