(Closed) I’m all for breastfeeding but….

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i saw this on facebook today. That picture is just so disturbing becuase of the position of the mom and son. I am all for breastfeeding but that is just strange

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

It does seem a little…odd to me. I mean, power to whoever wants to brestfeed, but when your kid can and will eat normal, solid food I think it is okay to stop. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

It’s too much for me.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is it even healthy for a child to breast feed that long after being able to eat solid food? What about teeth development?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I was having a hard time guessing the kid’s age until I made the screen enlarge to see the info at the bottom. He’s 3. I’ve seen plenty of breastfeeding three year olds in my life. Not my body or my kid, so not my business.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

oh my goodness. I dont even mind breastfeeding in public (I totally support how mothers want to raise their babies and I don’t think they should be inconvenienced/punished b/c they choose to do what many believe is healthies for their child,) but that picture is definitely a bit much! (Although it does make me curious to read the article, even though I’ve got some ideas of what it says…)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yes it is safe to breastfeed a 3 year old. They do it mostly out of comfort, not for needing the nutirtional beneifts. I am a supporter of extended breastfeeding, but that is the ONLY part of attachment parenting I am on board with. I think the answer to the cover picture’s question is: Yes, AP has lead some parents way too far. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Omg. No. I mean, they deliberately posed the mom and son to make the photo as provocative as possible, but even looking past all that . . . no. Wean, for heaven’s sake!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think the only reason why so many are taken aback by the cover is b/c the little boy looks older than he actually is.

3 years old really isn’t that old to bf & in other cultures it’s much more common to have children that can walk & talk still bf.

I don’t think I could bf that long but who knows… I may end up being “extreme” lol

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is a HUGE three year old! He looks like he’s 7! More power to her, but that’s not the choice I would likely make.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

In my field (the arts) I’ve known several moms who have breastfed their kids well into 5, 6 years of age. To me, this is a matter of preference–there’s no evidence that it causes harm to the child and if it makes you and kid happy, then go ahead.

In my judgmental heart of hearts, though, I have to say that extended breastfeeeding IS one of those things that is not for the nutritional benefit for the child, so much as for comfort. I do wonder a) if the child should be able to deal with emotional unpleasantness in some OTHER way that doesn’t involve sucking on mom’s breast (especially since, anecdotally, I’ve seen mom’s whip out the boob any time their 4 year-old is getting a bit whiny) and b) if the comfort part doesn’t also have to do with MOM’s attachment issues.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

If they can walk up and ask for it, no way. That would creep me the hell out, and I am *all* for bf-ing.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@runsyellowlites:  Yeah, I thought the kid was like 6 or 7. Given that he’s 3, it’s not as shocking. I wouldn’t do it with my kid, I don’t think, but I really have no idea about the cost/benefit of the whole thing so now I really just want to know more.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The photo is very sensationalist – short mom, tall kid, posed on a chair to make it more “weird” but really I have no problem with breast feeding a 3 year old. It’s most likely not his primary form of nutrition but a bonding/comfort thing. Most other cultures practice extended breast feeding, it’s just not a big deal.

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