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March 10th 2014: Child Led Weaning: Breastfeeding Beyond Babyhood

Although the rate of U.S. babies still receiving breastmilk on their first birthday increased from 16 percent to 27 percent between 2000 and 2010, that's still just over a quarter of all babies born. But it highlights growing interest in the idea of child-led weaning as a physiologically and biologically normal process. Join host Marie Biancuzzo and guest U.K.-based Michelle Atkin (of to discuss issues related to child-led weaning and breastfeeding into toddlerhood, the preschool years, and beyond. (Note that while comparable data are not available for the U.K., w

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Michelle Atkin

Michelle Atkin is a breastfeeding advocate and parenting coach in the U.K. For the past 12 years, she has worked to support parents in their infant feeding choices, and she developed the first peer-based breastfeeding support organization. Employing more than 100 peers, the company has served more than 30,000 mothers. Michelle has worked with regional and national government on breastfeeding-related policies and was a lead partner on the successful “Be a Star” social media campaign to reach young mothers. She is a persuasive public speaker who has spoken on effective breastfeeding support at UNICEF, international, and national conferences. Her recent efforts are on breastfeeding past the fir
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