PSYCHOLOGY

Mother Was Slammed For Child Ill-Treatment Due To Breastfeeding Her Grown Son

Date July 15, 2019 13:01

Breastfeeding is a natural and necessary process, provided there are no reasonable obstacles for it. Recently, it became a particular target for heated discussions. They break out because of public feeding and the etiquette relating to this process, as well as due to the duration and benefits of breastfeeding.

Each mother personally decides how much, where, and when she should feed the baby. But this isn’t always perceived by the public similarly to the woman herself. Riona O'Connor is a 38-year-old popular blogger and a mother of two children. In July 2019, she shared an emotional post in honor of the 4th birthday of her eldest son. The woman posed with her boy and noted that she had no idea she would continue to feed him until such a conscious age.

Some of the woman’s subscribers were clearly not ready for this. They accused her of behavior akin to child abuse.

@Mike Westfall:

If the child is old enough to tell you that they are thirsty, then they are too old to breastfeed. This borders on child abuse, in my opinion.

@Lara GC:

Breastfeeding is natural and beautiful, but I hate when mums extend it until the kid is old enough to eat a steak. That's sick. A kid needs to grow and cut the cord. They can't be babies forever.

@Rachelle Marie Gardner:

I am all for breastfeeding, but I do think there is a cut-off point. If you want him to drink breast milk every day, then pump and put it in a cup for him.

@ Devyn LaRose:

Breastfeeding a 4-year-old is not normal. They have teeth now. They no longer need to be breastfed.

At the same time, the vast majority of comments were positive.

@Holly Marie Brabbit

You're a wonderful momma! My little dude will be 4 in August and still breastfeeding at times as well.

@Christina Elizabeth

I am so jealous you have breastfed this long!

@Laura Mackinnon

Isn’t it really sad that all the angry faces have come from women?

@Johnnie Partridge

I’m sure he’ll thank you for posting this when he’s older and enjoy all the banter that comes his way.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In January 2019, the Sun shared the story of another mother who was condemned for breastfeeding her 7-year-old son. Chase's mom, Lisa Bridger, is an experienced woman; she has children of different ages. And she believed that the optimal age for the termination of breastfeeding is from 4 to 8 years. She claimed that the boy still fell in the appropriate period. In addition, he had autism, and this familiar childhood ritual soothed him.

Moms choose breastfeeding because they believe that it:

  • provides the child with vitamins and nutrients;

  • strengthens immunity and promotes mental development;

  • has a beneficial effect on women's mental health;

  • strengthens the connection between the baby and the mother;

  • soothes both.

In some countries, such as the US or Canada, extended breastfeeding is often perceived in a sexualized context, so few mothers practice it. In Africa, the average time for breastfeeding is approximately 22 months, in India, 2-3 years. Pediatricians also recommend exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months and up to 1.5 years more after the introduction of complementary foods.

There may be as many opinions on this score as there are people, but no attentive mother will ever consciously harm her child. Moreover, we have no right to blame women for the decisions they make for the sake of their children.


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