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How beneficial is breastfeeding past 1 year in terms of antibodies for baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends

The actual benefit from antibodies begins to be diluted when solids are introduced.
By 8-9 months, with most common feeding patterns, the antibody benefit is minimal. If the kid is "nurture needy" and lingers at feeding, the benefit from that point remains.If the kid is in a hurry to finish and gets off quick, it is a good time to wean.

In brief: Depends

The actual benefit from antibodies begins to be diluted when solids are introduced.
By 8-9 months, with most common feeding patterns, the antibody benefit is minimal. If the kid is "nurture needy" and lingers at feeding, the benefit from that point remains.If the kid is in a hurry to finish and gets off quick, it is a good time to wean.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Thomas Josa
On a tangent: for prevention of food allergies early introduction of foods like peanut seems to be beneficial in producing the right kind of antibodies.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Benefecial enough

Difficult to say how much benefecial, but there are immune benefits, dental and possible IQ benefits continued nursing.
It also likely helps prevent ovarian and breastcancer in the mother, but the research results are mixed. It would also save $$ due to less formula for the infant. Despite advertising commercial infant formula will always be second rate to mother's milk.

In brief: Benefecial enough

Difficult to say how much benefecial, but there are immune benefits, dental and possible IQ benefits continued nursing.
It also likely helps prevent ovarian and breastcancer in the mother, but the research results are mixed. It would also save $$ due to less formula for the infant. Despite advertising commercial infant formula will always be second rate to mother's milk.
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