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Originally posted by verotik
reply to post by Violater1
Well the nutritional benefits are there for the baby until about 2yrs of age after that ....
6. Studies have shown that a child's immune system doesn't completely mature until about 6 years of age, and it is well established that breast milk helps develop the immune system and augment it with maternal antibodies as long as breast milk is produced (up to two years, no studies have been done on breast milk composition after two years post partum). And on and on. The minimum predicted age for a natural age of weaning in humans is 2.5 years, with a maximum of 7.0 years.
In terms of the benefits of extended breastfeeding, there have been a number of studies comparing breastfed and bottlefed babies in terms of the frequency of various diseases, and also IQ achievement. In every case, the breastfed babies had lower risk of disease and higher IQs than the bottle-fed babies. In those studies that divided breastfed babies into categories based on length of breastfeeding, the babies breastfed the longest did better in terms of both lower disease and higher IQ. In other words, if the categories were 0-6 months of breastfeeding, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24+ months, then the 18-24+ month babies did the best, and the 12-18 month babies did the next best, and the 6-12 months babies did the next best, and the 0-6 months babies did the worst of the breastfed groups, but still much better than the bottlefeeding group. This has been shown for gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory illness, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, and on and on and on. Likewise, the babies nursed the longest scored the highest on the IQ tests.
One important point to notice is that none of these studies looked at children who had nursed longer than 2 years. Anyone 18-24 month or longer was lumped into big category. Presumably, the benefits continue to accrue, as your body doesn't *know* that the baby has bad a birth day and suddenly start producing nutritionally and immunologically worthless milk.
Originally posted by ofhumandescent
reply to post by AnonymousCitizen
S & F
Yes that picture would be against ATS protocol to post, having a young boy (almost young man) sucking on his mother's mammary gland.
In Game of Thrones, a HBO TV Series, the evil Queen has a young (almost hitting puberty) son, suckling on her and I found it obnoxious and disgusting.
Nature intended for the baby to be weened at approximately 12 - 15 months.
The minimum predicted age for a natural age of weaning in humans is 2.5 years, with a maximum of 7.0 years.
Saw the picture and found it pornographic.
We possibly are ushering in a new age of deterioration, esp of morality or culture; decay; degeneration and many people are swallowing the bait hook, line and sinker.