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  1. Expert: Jack Newman, M.D.
    April 25th, 2010
    I heard that the quality of breast milk decreases after a baby turns one. Is this true?

    Breast milk is made for the needs of the baby, whether the baby is 18 days, 18 weeks, 18 months or older. That’s the beauty of your body. It understands what your child needs. Yes, breast milk changes depending on how long you’ve been breastfeeding, but that doesn’t mean the “quality” is less beneficial for your child.  

    The World Health Organization encourages mothers to breastfeed for two years and beyond. If you choose to continue breastfeeding after one year, do so as often as your baby needs it. The quality of your interaction with your child is different at 18 months compared to 18 days. You may not feel comfortable breastfeeding in public once your child reaches a certain age and that’s okay. Do what’s best for you and your child.

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