Breastfeeding your older baby Breastfeeding babies past six months continues to fulfill many needs for your little one and yourself. Health and protection for growth and development is of continuing importance, especially as your baby is likely to be exposed to more viruses and pathogens as he or she begins to explore, putting everything in his or her mouth, and eating new food too. You may also be beginning to think about returning to work. Breastfeeding gives you both a lot of reassurance at this time of big changes and helps you to adjust. It also helps your baby to stay healthy when he or she is meeting new children and people, and coming into contact with illness and bugs more often than before.
It is uncommon for women to breastfeed past 6 months in the UK but the NHS and World Health Organisation recommend breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond. Breastfeeding toddlers, preschoolers and children can have its own challenges, particularly when it is so little understood. Mammas are here to provide a listening ear and share their experiences of many of the worries that arise when breastfeeding beyond such as:
starting nursery or school
Dealing with other peoples opinions
Night-time needs It is normal for babies to continue to wake in the night for far longer than we expect! Babies wake up, just as we do, if they feel scared, uncomfortable, lonely, or thirsty/hungry. They are also growing and changing very rapidly. If you are finding it difficult to cope with, come along to our Mammas Baby & Me groups and talk to other mums. Or ask to join our WhatsApp group by texting Nasreen - 07402 829698, or Sally - 07580 159278. We also have some resources available for you to download below or collect from us. Excellent information about nighttime and babies can also be found at www.basisonline.org.uk