Baby Led Weaning from Breastfeeding –
The Natural Age
The following is from Chapter 49, “How to Lose Pregnancy Fat Easily”, of my book, You’re not fat, You’re Toxic. This books summarizes over 43 top health books and documentaries, as well as gives information from many other sources, and will teach you valuable information about nutrition and raising baby.
Babies are not meant to be weaned until they can live totally off solid food. If you think about it, doesn’t that make sense? And they can’t do that until they have their full digestive system developed. And a major part of the digestive system is the teeth, particularly theback teeth (molars), because you must have the back teeth for chewing.
Therefore, babies should not be weaned at least until they have all their teeth, which may not be until they are at least three years old. That will be shocking news to many people. But, please, consider research done by Dr. Katherine Dettwyler, Ph.D., Dept. of Anthropology at A & M University3, which you can read in her wonderful book which I super highly recommend, Breastfeeding, Biocultural Perspectives. No other breastfeeding book compares to this one.
Dr. Dettwyler compared different variables such as length of gestation, birth weight and life span in apes and monkeys with age of weaning. Our bodies are similar biologically, if not spiritually, with apes. For example, gorillas and chimpanzees share more than 98% of their genes with humans. Dr. Dettwyler did this to decide at what age humans would “naturally” wean their children if they didn’t have cultural rules about it. Some of her results are:
1. In 21 species of monkeys and apes the offspring were weaned at the same time they were getting their first permanent molars. In humans, that would be at 5.5-6.0 years.
2. Pediatricians like to claim that length of gestation is approximately equal to length of nursing in many species, which suggests that one should wean at 9 months. However, the larger the adults, the longer the length of breastfeeding relative to gestation. That makes sense, since breast milk is so important to the development of the brain, which is not as important for small animals. Chimpanzees and gorillas, the two primates closest in size to us, nurse their offspring for over six times the length of gestation. In humans, that would be 4.5 years of nursing.
3. Pediatricians claim that most mammals wean their offspring when they have tripled their birth weight, but we are not rodents. Again, larger mammals nurse their offspring until they have quadrupled their birth weight. In humans, this occurs between 2.5 and 3.5 years.
4. One study of primates showed that the offspring were weaned when they had reached about 1/3 their adult weight. This happens in humans at about 5-7 years.
5. A comparison of weaning age and sexual maturity in non-human primates suggests a weaning age of 6-7 for humans.
6. Studies have shown that a child’s immune system doesn’t completely mature until about 6 years of age (so why do we vaccinate when they are babies?). Breast milk helps develop the immune system, and also helps protect the baby with your antibodies.
Therefore, the minimum natural age of weaning in humans is 2.5 years, with a maximum of 7.0 years! That’s definitely a whole lot longer than six months. It is likely that humans should wean at 4-5 years, because only babies have the ability to digest lactose, the main carbohydrate in milk, and they lose this ability around 4-5 years old
If you are worried about getting bitten, don’t worry, it will only happen once. If when your baby has teeth, he/she bites you, immediately put the baby down and leave the room. They won’t repeat the experience.
Related (also from You’re not Fat, You’re Toxic)
ULTRASOUND SCANS ON UNBORN BABIES
A new study in the Lancet and Canadian Association Medical Journal says that this Ultrasound is one of the most dangerous things you can do for a baby. Babies are so fragile. They should only ever be in the purest electromagnetic environments possible. Please consult your Holistic M.D.to determine if you really need these procedures.
And, for the same reason, please do not fly when pregnant. Seven hours in an airplane exposes you to about as much cosmic radiation as one chest x-ray, in addition to what the metal detector does to you.
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