It’s a wonderful feeling to have been fully trusted, and to know that I fulfilled her needs until she was ready to complete the journey. My daughter is my best friend. I owe our closeness to breastfeeding because it
taught us both how to respect and trust one another.
Hawaii. Ch1: bfd 7.6yrs.
There is no simpler, more effective way to both intuitively and physically respond to a child’s needs than to breastfeed; you just know your
child to such a subtle degree that you find you can anticipate
all the moments when a stop at the breast is needed .
From the early days of breastfeeding, I found the look of absolute bliss the baby would have after a feed just about spoke volumes. Even today, the way that ‘tuck-in’ and grin as they do so shows the pure pleasure it gives them.
Emotionally, he’s really confident and outgoing. He always had me there, so he always knew he could go and I’d be there, really be there closely, when he
chose to come back. England. Ch 1: bfdg 4.3yrs
Both children are very independent and happy, well-adjusted.
USA. Ch 1: bfd 2.3yrs; Ch 2: bfd 3.2yrs.
[Breastfeeding long-term] Makes it easy to know you are loved no matter what, [and is] helpful in learning how to socialize with other children and adults as well . Guatemala. Ch 1: bfd 3yrs; Ch 2: bfd 3.3yrs
One of the most important things for us was the independence breastfeeding seemed to give my son. I often watched other toddlers the same age, who were formula-fed or only breastfed for a short time, and noted how confident my son seemed in comparison. He has never been clingy at toddler groups,
just full of life and ready to try new things.
England. Ch 1: bfd 3yrs; Ch2: bfdg 11mths.
From an emotional point of view, it has helped them form a very
close and secure attachment with me and as a result
He is very empathic towards other babies and children who are crying… he’ll say, ‘The baby’s crying, he needs a hug and some milk’. When he was 18 mths old there was a baby crying on the plane and he said, ‘Baby crying, baby need milk’.
England. Ch 1: bfdg 2yrs.
Emotionally I feel it has been of great benefit to E as a form of contact
and reassurance. She now seems very confident and ready to
take on her daily life at school, but also very empathic