Amy Hardcastle Still Breastfeeds Her 5 Year Old Son, She Says She Wants To Stop The Stigma Associated With Prolonged Breastfeeding

Family & Kids

October 2, 2018 16:24 By Fabiosa

Not many women today want to breastfeed their children for a long time. The average time duration for breastfeeding is usually 12 months. However, some do it for even more than 12 months and go as long as breastfeeding for five years. Is that normal? When it comes to a mother's love for her child, who defines normal?

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A mother of two girls told Love What Matters blog about how she breastfed her oldest daughter till she was four and half years old. According to her, she did not want to make the decision on when to stop for them. Especially because she trusted her daughter to know when it is best to wean.

Her youngest child is three and a half years old and is still nursing.

Amy Hardcastle says more women should feel comfortable nursing their child regardless of his age

27-year-old Amy Hardcastle, a stay-at-home-mom from Lacanshire still breastfeeds her son who is five-years-old. To take matters further, she breastfeeds him naked in the bath as she believes it is easier to breastfeed an older child.


I HAVE A 5 YEAR OLD 🎉 • • I am overwhelmed with all the love and support and comments and messages that I received after yesterday’s picture, and here’s some more of that honesty I promised 😝 I was really motivated to post and make that change because of this photo. • I’ve had this for over 2 years, you can tell by my teeny hair that this wasn’t long after I shaved my head and Alex took this gorgeous picture of my nursing Max in the bath. I’ve always wanted to post it, but I was too scared. I used to share articles full of breastfeeding photos just like this, people will pay for photo shoots like this, or standing naked in a river and it’s incredible and powerful and beautiful but I thought if I put this out and said ‘hey this was my idea and I asked for this to be taken’ that it made me vain.. • So I’m posting this for 2 reasons, 1 because I am incredibly proud of myself, considering I nearly had to stop breastfeeding at 4 weeks and I want to normalise seeing toddlers nursing (because milk never stops being good for them and natural term weaning is normal and natural, don’t argue with me just because you’re not used to it, research what I’m saying and then get back to me 👊🏻) • And the other reason is to free myself from worrying about what other people think ✌🏻Thank you to everyone that has sent me love and made me feel brave ❤️

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According to UK mirror, she is of the opinion that extended breastfeeding helps to improve the bond between the mother and the child and should not be considered as weird.

She has breastfed her son Max for five years since he was born in July 2013.

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At first, she breastfed him until he was 6 months old, and then she started to wean him. Not long after, she joined a number of support groups that made her question her decision to initially stop breastfeeding him.

Why breastfeeding in public is totally okay

Some people struggle within them on whether babies should be breastfed in public or not. Elite Daily says it is okay to breastfeed in public and that mothers shouldn't be shamed for doing so.

Contrary to what people think, breastfeeding is not the same as masturbating, having sex or even peeing. Also, newborns need to be breastfed every three hours. 

Now you don't want to stop a nursing mother from having a life and moving around simply because she is breastfeeding, do you?

So, next time you see a woman breastfeeding in public, be nice, smile, and don't stare!

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