Introduction and objectives: breastfeeding above the year or “prolonged” breastfeeding is a common practice in many cultures, although in our countries it is uncommon. Our objective is to analyze, from a social point of view, the experiences of these mothers.
Material and methods: we surveyed 35 mothers who breastfed or were breastfeeding for more than a year. We investigated basic aspects. In a second part, we value the support of health professionals, the social perspective of the prolonged breastfeeding, as well as the obstacles that have appeared.
Results: sixty percent of the mothers breastfed during a mean period of 32,5 months. Most of the mothers wanted to breastfed until the child decides. They all were clear to breastfed and would choose this option again as their first choice. In moments of doubt, the main support came from health professionals (58%) and support groups (42%). Up to 65,7% of respondents reported having been able to count on the help of professionals, being matron and pediatrician the best valued. Regarding prolonged breastfeeding, most refer great satisfaction, but up to 50% indicate some degree of social rejection. Family, friends and co-workers have been obstacles at some point to act spontaneously.
Conclusions: the degree of satisfaction and confidence of these mothers is high. Health professionals play an important role. The society itself still maintains some prejudices that hinder and limit the generalization of this option.