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La Leche League Canada

Older Mothers and Breastfeeding

on April 27, 2015

A lot of the issues faced by women who would consider themselves “older mothers” are the same as are faced by all new mothers.  Breastfeeding offers all mothers many benefits, but many older mothers especially appreciate certain aspects.

  • The busy older mother who has many other responsibilities is better able to get to know and bond with her new baby when she breastfeeds.
  • Since metabolism slows down as a person ages, older nursing mothers find it advantageous that the caloric demands of lactation help them to lost weight.
  • Getting more rest by nursing lying down may be appreciated by some older mothers who may not have as much energy as a young mother.


Older mothers, especially first time mothers, have a higher rate of cesarean sections.  The impact of a cesarean birth differs from one mother to another but many will need some extra assistance in getting comfortable with breastfeeding.  All mothers who have a cesarean birth will need extra help and support with daily life and responsibilities for a couple of months while they recover from major abdominal surgery.

An older mother with low-milk supply may wonder if it is related to her age.  There is some research in this area but not enough to draw firm conclusions.  What is important to know is that with good support and information most mothers of any age can increase their milk supply to meet their baby’s needs.

Women who become mothers later in life may find that their current circle of friends is not at the same new baby stage of life.  This can lead to loneliness and feelings of isolation. Attending La Leche League meetings and being a part of a group where everyone is interested in breastfeeding and babies may help to provide some balance and new friendships.


If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to an accredited La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking or Internationally


If you have found this article helpful, La Leche League Canada would appreciate your support in the form of a donation at so we can continue to help others breastfeed. Thank you!


One response to “Older Mothers and Breastfeeding

  1. Glad you’re supporting mothers breastfeed their babies <3.
    Such a special time for both mama and baby

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