I wouldn't DREAM of weaning her. She's so small, barely speaks English and gets over 75% of everything she needs from my milk, including immunity. She's still a baby.
In fact, I still breastfeeding my 3-1/2 year old. I weaned him on his 3rd birthday, but then he lost weight and got sick every other week. After 2 months, I started breastfeeding him before bed and during illness, and now his eyes have lost their dark circles and when he's sick he gets over it faster. I could just put milk in a sippy cup for him, but he didn't like it. He really missed the extra contact. Also, now he falls asleep in ten minutes again like he used to instead of needing a long bedtime routine that often fails.
Am I damaging my preschooler by breastfeeding him? Am I robbing him of much needed growing? The world's average age for weaning is 4. I'm going to wager the answer is no.
Scroll to the bottom of the pictures for links to other bloggers participating in this theme for the breastfeeding carnival.
Comfort in sick times by Heather
I never thought I'd nurse a toddler by Destiny
Nursing a toddler in a ring-sling by Annie
The pros and cons of breastfeeding a toddler by Melodie
Nursing an older toddler by Mommy Bee
My nursing toddler story by Sam
Beautiful at any age by Maria
This is what a nursing toddler looks like by threegirlpileup
This is what toddler nursing looks like by Denise
This is a nursing toddler by Desiree