Breastfeeding Your Active Toddler

Little Girl On A BikeWe all know that breast feeding your child is beneficial to their health, but most moms stop breastfeeding around six months for several reasons. Whether it be convenience or because they don’t think it’s necessary anymore. However, breastfeeding even past one year is extremely beneficial to your child’s health. As your toddler grows and changes, so does breastfeeding. Today, we will discuss how breastfeeding changes with your active toddler as well as the benefits of breastfeeding past one year.

First, they don’t need as much. Since they are also eating solids they won’t need as much breast milk as they did when they were infants. Let them choose, offer them a variety of solid food, but if they seem to take better to breast milk there’s nothing to worry about.

Second, be forewarned: you may get bitten a lot. Sometimes it’s an accident, and other times it’s not. Some it is due to teething. Usually, their gums are sore so they feel they need to bite on something, not realizing that it hurts you to do that. If your toddler bites you while feeding pull away and stop immediately, let out a loud ouch to let them that behavior isn’t acceptable.

Third, you may transition in other milks. Keep in mind that this isn’t always necessary, mother’s milk is always going to be the best. But, if you wish, you can add in cow’s milk, goats milk or a dairy-free alternative, such as almond milk.

Fourth, your bond grows stronger. Not only is breastfeeding good for your baby’s health and wellness, but it’s good bonding time too.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding your toddler?

  • Breastfed toddlers are less likely to be picky eaters.
  • They have increased immunity and are more resistant to allergens. Breast milk is the best thing to ward off illness and allergies.
  • Toddlers who are breastfed are less likely to be obese as adults. It allows for better weight management and children who are better able to determine when they are full.
  • Studies have shown that breastfed toddlers have higher brain function and cognition in comparison to their bottle-fed peers.

Breastfeeding past your child’s first birthday can have fantastic benefits for their health and well-being. I hope you have found these tips helpful for how breastfeeding changes with an active toddler.