Woman Seeks Advice: Her Sister Is Breastfeeding Her 5-Year-Old And Co-Sleeping With Him

Family & Kids

July 9, 2019 12:53 By Fabiosa

There is no need to prove to anyone the importance and value of breastfeeding today. Modern medical experts agree that a baby needs only mother's milk for healthy development up to 6 months to receive the necessary nutrients. Then you may start using infant formula, keeping breastfeeding until the kid reaches a year old. And after this, you may gradually switch to formula milk completely.

Woman Seeks Advice: Her Sister Is Breastfeeding Her 5-Year-Old And Co-Sleeping With HimLolostock / Shutterstock.com

Since all children and their parents are unique, they make all decisions regarding breastfeeding independently. However, sometimes there are unusual cases, for example, as described by one forum user.

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The woman is worried that her sister is still breastfeeding her 5-year-old child and co-sleeping with him. According to the author of the post, this is abnormal, and it is necessary to stop doing this at this age since the son will soon go to kindergarten. The breastfeeding sister has a different opinion, so she didn’t agree with the arguments of her sibling.

Most of the comments expressed surprise with such experience, and also wrote about their breastfeeding practices, mentioning when they stopped doing it.

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@Ultra_Leopard:

My son is 6 months old and can unclip my breastfeeding top already!

@tokenblackmember:

I think co-sleeping is okay for 5-year-olds but yeah the breastfed is weird.

@jumpinglakes:

Do the children seem normal overall?

@crystalinguini:

Pretty sure co-sleeping is weird when you do it for five years straight.

And what would your answer be to the given problem? Doctors recommend to act solely in your own interests, not paying attention to the opinions of others. But there must probably be some boundaries. We are interested in your opinion. Share it in the comments.


The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.