Research to back up some of the reasons I chose to nurse as long as possible:
The longer you nurse the higher your baby's IQ
"Our data suggest that a longer duration of breast feeding benefits cognitive development." from this study
from National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine
still compiling links to studies so check back for more reasons...
Update: Now she is 3 & I am so thankful she is still a voracious nurser!
She heals from cuts & scratches like a superhero! It astonishes me how fast.
I'm not just a proud mama...
I've checked with other people, teachers, moms etc. She is smart! Others notice she is advanced for her age.
She has clear, healthy, baby soft skin.
The average sickness for the 1st year is 12x! Add that plus the 2-3 weeks it takes to get over a cold/cough and that calculates to an almost constantly sick baby. Yet dear daughter had only several full blown cold/coughs, several mild sniffles & 1 stomach virus in 3 years.