Home » Home and Family » Babies

5 Steps To Breastfeeding Older Children

Oct 9, 2007
It is generally believed that children should not be breast fed beyond a certain age, specifically after they are one or two years old. It forms a topic of general controversy worldwide.

However, it is still practiced everywhere around the globe, and some nursing mothers continue to breastfeed even when their children are four or five years old and beyond. Breast feeding support groups argue that it is nobody's but the mother and child's decision on the appropriate time to discontinue breast feeding, although they don't take a firm line on when it is okay to stop breast feeding a child.

It is agreed by general consensus that infants benefit greatly from breast feeding. The same can be applied to older children too ; they benefit both from the nutritional elements of breast milk and the close contact with their mothers.

A lot of people have objections with breast feeding because of a number of reasons. One reason is that breasts have sexual connotation in society, and people feel that this kind of contact with children is not very healthy. Also, many claim that this practice could lead to the social ostracism of children and their families because is it so uncommon in nature. Women continue to face discrimination for breast feeding in public and breast feeding older children in spite of the enhancement of women's rights movements. Nursing mothers who breastfeed their older children need to be proactive in this regard, and associate with people and organizations that can facilitate coping with the stigma attached to this practice.

Here are some simple tips on how to breast feed your baby :

1. Sit in a position you feel comfortable in, with a straight back and a flat lap. You could also put a pillow on your lap to make it more comfortable for your little one.

2. Put the baby on your lap and turn the baby towards your stomach. The baby's bottom lying on your elbow and the baby's shoulders, neck and head supported by your arm and hand is the ideal position to take.

3. Put your baby's face in front of your nipple. Let the baby's head tip back a little, very slowly and carefully. Gently put the baby's mouth on the nipple and rub back and forth until the baby opens his or her mouth wide.

4. Bring the baby's chin against your chest. This will facilitate easier breathing for the little one. You're doing it right if you feel a large part of breast covered by your baby's mouth. If you can hear the baby swallowing, then you're doing it properly.

5. You might need to support your breast or change positions in order to make the process more comfortable. It's okay to start over if you're not comfortable or if the baby's having problems.

Additional information is accessible in the form of breast feeding support groups.
About the Author
Abhishek has seen many childbirths in his huge family! Visit www.Childbirth-Guru.com and Download Abhishek's FREE Report "How To Dress And Look Your Best During Pregnancy!". If you are an expecting mother, or have just delivered, you can get some very valuable information about Pregnancy and Childbirth. But hurry, only limited Free copies available! www.Childbirth-Guru.com
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 146
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources