First, did you know it's World Breastfeeding Week? Neither did I.
Second, an Australian study of mothers who breastfeed their kids past the age of two really like it, and so do the kids. [Um, but isn't that because the ones who didn't like it stopped doing it before then?] The survey covered kids from 24-78 months. I would point out that 78 months is actually 6.5 years, but the study also says "social stigma" is a big challenge for breastfeeding older kids. So is the kid getting his driver's license and going off to college, mate.
And third, a California company is now trying to put the Pro into Lactation, by getting into the breast milk business. The company, Prolacta, plans to buy donated breast milk from milk banks, pasteurize it, and then sell it to hospitals for breast milk-centered treatment regimens. If that sounds like a racket, just wait until they start trying to patent all the compounds and ingredients they find in that donated breast milk. I'm sure no one'll mind if some random company ties up the intellectual property rights to every woman's chest, right?
World Breastfeeding Week 2005 [waba.org]
'As good as chocolate' and 'better than ice cream': Study asks Aussie tots about breastfeeding [eureka, via robotwisdom]
Move to commercialise breast milk [bbc, via robotwisdom, who's demonstrating an impressive focus on world breasts this week]