Maximum duration of breastfeeding

How long is too long?

No major group that concerns itself with the health of mothers and children has recommended a limit on the duration of breastfeeding, and there is evidence that the natural duration of breastfeeding in humans is up to seven years. When children are ready to wean themselves, they will.

A) No limit on the length of breastfeeding

No major group that concerns itself with the health of mothers and children has recommended a limit on the duration of breastfeeding as there are many benefits to extended breastfeeding. Extended breastfeeding, while normal, can expose mothers to criticism.

Research has shown that the natural duration of breastfeeding in humans is up to seven years of age (Stuart-Macadam 1995).

When children are ready to wean themselves, they will. This is called self-weaning. Some mothers decide to wean their children before they wish to be weaned. Ensure that weaning is safe for you and your child before proceeding to wean.

References

Dettwyler K. A time to Wean: The Hominid Blueprint for the natural age of Weaning in Modern Human Populations. In: Stewart-MacAdam P, Dettwyler KA, editors. Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives. New York: Aldine deGruyter; 1995