Re: Extended BF info wanted, please!
After a year, you can limit nursing to a few times a day (provided baby is eating a healthy and balanced diet of solids) or you can continue to nurse on demand. As the transition to solids occur, some babies continue to nurse frequently while others rapidly drop nursing sessions. So it's very individual!
Breastfeeding makes healthy eating habits a cinch. Breastmilk continues to be the healthiest, most balanced food you can offer a kid, even after the 1 year mark, and that means that you don't have to worry if your toddler goes on a food strike and refuses solids, or a food jag where she will only eat one thing, or of she gets sick and can't keep anything down except breastmilk. All you have to do is offer a varied diet of healthy solids and let her choose what she eats and how much she eats, and have faith that any shortfalls are made up for by your milk. And as long as baby nursed 3-5 times per day, you don't have to worry about her "dairy" intake, because she's getting what she needs from you. If she nurses less than that, however, you need to make sure she eats some full-fat dairy, which includes whole milk, cheese, and yogurt, but not milk substitutes like soy milk or rice milk.
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