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Breastfeeding Older Children [Paperback]

Ann Sinnott
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Jan. 1 2010 1853439398 978-1853439391
Breastfeeding is a globally recognized imperative for the preservation of infant health, and governments around the world have introduced breastfeeding promotion measures. While initiation rates have improved, duration rates at a few weeks or months after birth still lag behind the World Health Organization's recommendation that breastfeeding - for all children, in both developed and developing worlds - should continue for at least two years. Behind the figures, there is however an inverse reality. Today, increasing numbers of women in the industrialized world challenge social convention and breastfeed their children well beyond WHO guidelines. How widespread is this surprising, many would say shocking, phenomenon? Is it Nature's way or an unhealthy practice? Do mothers prolong breastfeeding for their own pleasure? Is it, as some say, a form of sexual abuse? Do overly controlling women coerce children into continuing because they wish their children to remain dependent, or are they meeting an innate child need? Does long-term breastfeeding impact negatively on child physical and emotional health, or does it have a positive effect? Do mothers pay a price? How does the practice affect the family, and the couple relationship? Are breasts intended for infant feeding or for sexual pleasure? How and when did early weaning become established practice in the western world? Is sustained breastfeeding a reversion to a pre-feminist state, or is it a truly feminist issue? Drawing on child development theories and neuroscience research, archaeological findings and anthropological opinion, this book, explores the myths and reality surrounding this taboo practice to answer these and many other questions. In extracts from questionnaires, we also hear directly from mothers, fathers and the children themselves. Thought-provoking and challenging, this well-researched but thoroughly accessible book will appeal to all concerned with infant feeding and child health, as well as those with an interest in prehistory and the origins of western culture.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's not often a book comes around that can truly change how you think about things. "Breastfeeding Older Children" by Ann Sinnott is such a book. Compelling, thought-provoking and well-researched, this book has the potential of changing a culture.

If it finds an audience .....

Let me start by quoting the same mom that Ms.Sinnot does as she concludes her book:

"It all began to make sense to me - how our society had duped women and me around breastfeeding. How our society had "bought" a bill of goods called formula. How our puritanical history had shamed our beautiful maternal spirit. I saw how all of this wove together to undermine this most evolved and instinctive maternal-newborn behaviour."

I almost wept when I read those words. How close to home this book felt to me, like Ms. Sinnot had unpeeled a layer of fog from my eyes that I hadn't even realized was there to the extent it was. How she managed to take research from many fields, including health/medicine, anthropology, history, neurobiology and psychology, and weave into it the stories of how women and men are effected by the culture surrounding breastfeeding.

Read this carefully researched book with a open mind and it will turn your ideas around! Think nursing past a year is "extended nursing"? Read this book and you'll start thinking that weaning at 1 yr or even 2 or 3 is 'truncated nursing" or "weaning too early"!

Think it's no big deal to wean a child too early or too abruptly? Read her heartfelt discussion about our culture of "unbonded" men and women, and how many grow into adulthood in a state of unrecognized yearning and need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All mothers should read this. July 22 2010
I am so happy that this book was written to help mothers see how beautiful and healthy it is to breastfeed a child at any age.
I am still breastfeeding a 4.5 years old and my oldest nursed until after he was 5.
Thank you for writing it!
( who once worked as a CLC-certified lactation counselor and is still a Lactivist)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that Breastfeeding Older Children is NORMAL March 30 2010
By Robyn A. Roche-Paull - Published on Amazon.com
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As a mother who breastfed her children long-term, I wish this book had been available when my children were still breastfeeding. My children all self-weaned between the age of 6-7 years old and are now well adjusted, intelligent, normal teens and pre-teens. As an IBCLC I am thrilled at the author's obvious attention to detail and use of evidence-based material throughout the book. This is a factual and well written book that thoroughly covers all aspects of breastfeeding the older child. Covering everything from the biology of breastfeeding to breastfeeding as a feminist issue, this book also includes comments from mothers, father, professionals and the breastfed children themselves about the concerns, reasons and wonderful memories of breastfeeding long-term. This book leaves no stone unturned. My feverent hope is that more people will read this book and either not feel so alone in their quest to do what is so normal for their children, or will at least come to understand a little better why those of us who nurse long-term do so. Thank You Ann Sinnott for writing this much needed book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately fills a need March 30 2010
By Donna - Published on Amazon.com
I am not a longer term breastfeeder by Sinnott's definition (my eldest breastfed to 4.5y) but I know plenty of people who are.

This book was a fantastic window into why mothers and children breastfeed long term, and reinforced for me that it is normal behaviour in a world that is skewed normal behaviour in many ways.

A must read for anyone interested in the politics of infant feeding and social norms, but also anyone who has breastfed a child past the 'socially accepted' norms (which will all be different depending on where you live) to assure you that you have done/are doing the right thing!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and long overdue - ten stars! April 1 2010
By J. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
At last! Breastfeeding Older Children is a book that should never have been necessary to write, but in our age of mistrust of children and disregard for nature's infinite wisdom, it was both profoundly necessary to write and long overdue. How fortunate that the book we now have was so thoroughly researched and engagingly written! Breastfeeding Older Children can make a critical difference for children and for the physical and psychological health of our world. It is my deepest hope that it is widely read and that its urgent message is taken to heart. - Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All mothers should read this. Aug. 12 2010
By Alexandra Polikowsky - Published on Amazon.com
A much needeed book for every mother or mother to be.
Yes even new mothers need to read about how wonderful breastfeeding older children is.
As a Certified Lactation Conselor I really think this is a great book for all.
It is of course especially helpful for moms breastfeeding children that are older
in cultures where it is not the norm of if it is done it is done in the closet.
Thank you for writing this book!
PS: I have breastfed both of mine for over 5 years each.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone considering breastfeeding! Nov. 29 2011
By Jessica W. - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book!!! This is not your typical breastfeeding book so if you are looking for info on the hows and what to's of breastfeeding look elsewhere (may I suggest Mothering Your Nursing Toddler ). This book is filled with factual information on extended breastfeeding as well as quotes from parents that have done it (the author used a questionaire as part of her research for the book and inserted many responses from that questionaire into the book itself; it was really quit wonderful to read them). This book is a great source for anyone who may be doubting their decision to breastfeed or to continue to breastfeed. I think that any woman that is pregnant should also read this book, it may be called "Breastfeeding Older Children" but the message is suitable at any stage in the breastfeeding relationship. And the appendix on formula will make anyone sick, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. The only thing I wasn't too impressed with were the last couple of chapters on the history of breastfeeding, it seemed like the author strayed to far from the main point (it could also just be that I was really sleep deprived when I read it). All in all, this really is a must read. I have a few more books on my breastfeeding reading list then I will be re-reading this one for sure.
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