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Child Led Weaning: Breastfeeding Beyond Babyhood

Although the rate of U.S. babies still receiving breastmilk on their first birthday increased from 16 percent to 27 percent between 2000 and 2010, that’s still just over a quarter of all babies born. But it highlights growing interest in the idea of child-led weaning as a physiologically and biologically normal process. Join host Marie Biancuzzo and guest U.K.-based Michelle Atkin (of confidentbreastfeeding.co.uk) to discuss issues related to child-led weaning and breastfeeding into toddlerhood, the preschool years, and beyond. (Note that while comparable data are not available for the U.K., we do know that only about one-third of U.K. babies are still breastfed at six months of age.) What are the differences between breastfeeding a newborn, an older baby, and a child? What support do breastfeeding mothers need? Consider your breastfeeding journey in the context of your child’s growth and development as you tune in. Questions? Comments? E-mail radio@breastfeedingoutlook.com

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