Scientists have uncovered a shocking discovery -- extended breastfeeding may have deadly effects. In fact, it may have killed many mothers over the years. Those who introduced their babies to solid foods sooner actually fared much better.
Me too. I mean I know some people are weirded out by someone breastfeeding a 6-year-old, but I never knew it could kill. So do YOU have to worry?
Not unless you're a mammoth.
Yes, hold your call to La Leche League, I'm talking about the prehistoric creatures that roamed the earth many moons ago. Researchers have found that their extended breastfeeding may actually be the reason they became extinct.
According to a study published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, the mammoths typically nursed their babies exclusively for two years, while elephants only did so for about three months before introducing solids, like plants. And since elephants are alive today and mammoths aren't, the theory is it was the toll of breastfeeding that killed off the mammoth.
Researchers noted how much energy it would take a mother to nurse during long Arctic winters.