This week was a shining example of why extended breastfeeding is so healthy and helpful. Our household was not immune to the norovirus visiting the Triangle. Matt and I were sidelined with chills, muscle pain, horrid abdominal cramps and dehydration. Throughout this excruciating illness, I continued to nurse Cora. Why?
Breast milk is miraculous. My two year old does not have a full functioning immune system just yet, and as my body fought these nasty cooties, it synthesized antibodies which were shared with Cora in my breast milk. How cool is that?
What's cooler? Mama doesn't have to be sick to produce power milk. Did you know that if baby is exposed to a bacteria or virus and nurses, Mom will produce antibodies that are ready for her baby by the next breastfeeding session?
Beyond the health benefits, nursing is also a wonderful respite to a high energy day. Taking a few moments to just hold one another and relax from a day of play and adventure sweet in itself. Extended breastfeeding is good for the mind, body and soul.