Do toddlers really need to continue breastfeeding?

Many toddlers and preschoolers nurse primarily for comfort and to “touch base” rather than for food. However, breastmilk can still contribute significant nutrition and calories to the toddler’s diet. Also, many mothers find that a short nursing session will defuse a tantrum, cure a “boo-boo” or soothe hurt feelings. Breastfeeding is an important mothering tool that can work magic in stressful situations.