Breastfeeding after the first months. Why it is important to breastfeed well beyond the first six canonical months. The wonderful experience of continuing for many months, as the WHO also recommends.
Sapore di mamma talks about prolonged breastfeeding, a practice that is spreading thanks to initiatives and interventions for its promotion. In fact, more and more women are breastfeeding according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, that is, up to and even beyond the child’s second birthday. However, there is a big difference between breastfeeding a newborn baby and breastfeeding a child of one, two or more years, and mothers are not always able to find specific, consistent and updated information on this topic. As if that were not enough, women who decide to continue breastfeeding their babies after the first year often feel isolated and do not find opportunities to exchange opinions and experiences with other mothers. On the contrary, they often come up against the ignorance and disapproval of their neighbors (partners, relatives, their gynecologist or pediatrician), full of clichés. Who has the right to decide on its duration? On what basis can she decide it?What does it mean, today, to breastfeed until the year and beyond?What does this mean for the mother, the father and the child? Is it true that prolonged breastfeeding makes mothers succubus to their children, and the latter spoiled, dependent, and mama’s boys? Most importantly, why do so many people feel entitled to tell the mother what to do about breastfeeding, in so many different situations and without being asked for their opinion on the matter? In this book, Paola Negri, IBCLC professional consultant and perinatal educator, offers all the information so that every mother can find her own personal answers to these questions, reasoning on the value of breastfeeding as a normal form of care even when children are no longer infants, together with food for thought on the various aspects of this practice, which go well beyond the purely nutritional.
Paola Negri has been involved in breastfeeding for over 15 years; she was a volunteer consultant for La Leche League Italia and later became a professional IBCLC consultant and Perinatal Educator, working with expectant mothers and mothers, and in specific training for self-help groups and health workers. She has been working for years in associations such as MAMI and IBFAN Italy (of which she is president) in activities of support, promotion and protection of breastfeeding.