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I asked this question on Twitter. The question wasn’t actually as random as it seems, it’s just that we had some friends come over with their children, and after seeing the baby eating solids like pasta, bread etc, yet she was also being breast-fed, it made me wonder. I guess I always figured that once a child was eating grown-up foods, the mother would start the process of weaning them off the breast.

I’m aware that breast is best for a child, and that the WHO recommend breast-feeding up till the age of two “and beyond”, but nobody seems to have a handle of what “beyond” means. Should women be breast-feeding 3 year olds, four year olds, five, six, seven year olds?

Anyway, here were some of the responses: (more…)