My 2yr old DS has just barely reached some of the developmental goals for his age, and before his second birthday, he was even below some of the ones for 12-18 mos... particularly in language development. He seems intelligent and is curious about everything, and his dexterity is beyond his older sister who is 4 yrs old; however, he doesn't speak very well, and often doesn't seem to hear us unless we talk very loud. I don't think he is actually hard of hearing because if I whisper his name from across the room, he turns to me, but I am really confused about this development issue. He also watches my mouth when I sing to him and copies my mouth movements. He is growing well, and other than language/hearing, he is a normal 2 yr old boy. I started supplementing him on 1 bottle of formula/day when he was a week old because I couldn't pump milk and needed to be away from him for a whole night within his first month. Because of my own ignorance about the benefits of breastfeeding and pure laziness, by 2 mos old he was strictly formula-fed and my milk had dried up. I am wondering (now that I am making plenty of milk for my 5 mo old and can pump regularly) if I pump milk for my 2 yr old and give it to him in a cup, would it make a difference in his development from now on? I know breast milk is superior "brain food", and am asking anyone who can give me some facts/links to sites about extended breastfeeding and the effects on development, or if anyone else has some personal experience on this. (This is my first post on an internet forum, so please let me know if you need more info.)
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