There are many mothers across the globe who are said to breastfeed their four year old child. They are of the opinion that breastfeeding helps to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is claimed that breastfeeding any first grader was equivalent to sexual molestation, however, has been disagreed upon by the family court judge. There are even noticed mothers who occasionally nurse their 8 year old baby, although she is not confident if she is able to produce milk or not.
Significance of breastfeeding
The American Pediatrics Academy recommends breastfeeding for the initial six months and to introduce solid foods to the child gradually. At the same time, breastfeeding is to be continued for minimum 6 months until the child is of one year of age and as long as both baby and mother desire. Breastfeeding is recommended by the WHO for minimum for 2 year from birth.
Breastfeeding is termed to be an effective way to ensure better child survival and health. If each and every child is breastfed once they enter this world and provided with breast milk only for initial six months up to two years of age, then around 800,000 lives can be saved annually. As per reports, only about 74% of infants born were breastfed in 2006 in the U.S. The objective here is to increase this volume by about 81.9% by 2020. It is necessary to implement several effective strategies for overcoming the different barriers that are noticed to breastfeeding.
Some barriers to overcome are as follows:
It is the duty of every mother to focus on the needs of their baby and to discuss the issues faced by them with a qualified physician, so as to satisfy themselves and the baby.