Breastfeeding - for how long?

9 mo.
Helen Hansen
Dear Heidi

It is quite all right to breastfeed you daughter as long as she likes and you both enjoy it.

Should you continue to breastfeed her after the first year, experience shows that it is often the mother who has to decide when to bring the breastfeeding to a complete stop. Be sure that the breastfeeding does not affect your daughter's intake of milk, i.e. do not breastfeed your daughter more than once, twice at the maximum, a day after the first year. This way you may offer your daughter a breast feed in the evening just before you settle her for the night as long as you like.

WHO recommends breastfeeding preferably until the child is 2 years old, which has a positive effect on the prevention of cancer of the breast. The risk of getting cancer of the breast is reduced the longer you breastfeed.

In Denmark, it is a general opinion that a woman's breast are an essential part of our sexuality, which is why many women would prefere not to breastfeed a child beyond 1 - 1 1/2 years. Is is quite all right to breastfeed a baby, however, when the child will take your hand and lead you to your bed in order to get a breast feed, it has gone beyond normal limits.

I hope this is helpful:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen


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