Post # 32
Yeahno…this is too out there for me. In third world countries where this is the best nutrition a child can get? Sure. I get that. But in first world countries? No. I think a year is my cut off, but we’ll see where the kid(s) is at that point.
DH’s cousin still breastfeeds her toddler and I find it very weird. The kid will crawl into her lap and lift her shirt up just wherever/whenever and cry and cry if she can’t, and it’s very…I can’t think of another word for “weird.” Offputting. DH’s SIL still breastfeeds her 3 year old, as well, to the point where the kid basically only eats in her lap and will only eat what she shreds for him into the smallest pieces I’ve ever seen. But she does a lot of stuff that we think is weird/don’t agree with, so I’m not surprised.
Post # 34
@Pinkmoon: that was my first thought! those scenes made me so uncomfortable…
I definitely agree that they need to stop before they remember what they’re doing. I certainly wouldn’t want to grow up with that memory…
Post # 35
@This Time Round: Hahaha, very much a human cow, I like that!
@ChicFoodist: Oh dear, hey sis and mum, wanna see my boob? Yeah, no thanks… Also, I hope you have luck!
@vorpalette: There will always be those parents who decide near everything needs to be done differently or the conventional way must just be wrong 😛
Post # 36
Just a random piece of information; because the majority of women who DO choose to breast feed for longer mostly do it FOR nutrional reasons.
Breast milk is the ONE thing that you or I could consume solely on for our entire lives a still be healthy! That’s right. You could drink breast milk and only breast milk, and you would be gettin enough nutrients for survival!! Obviously, in reality this would be kind I weird (and logisticaly pretty difficult too!)
I think everyone should think on that, and consider that the women who do breast feed longer often do so after careful research and planning, not because they don’t know how to let their baby go…
Post # 37
TO @lalalyanne: Maybe very well and true about Breast Milk being the perfect food (no argument there from me)
BUT also you’d have to realize by extraction that if one was purely to exist on JUST Breast Milk it would take a lot to make that happen
More than one woman could provide no doubt
Because as we grow we do require more calories.
If there is a 2 Year old just breast feeding, they are taking in more per day than the newborn…
A child at 3, 4, or 5, who is taking in other food items would offset that need for calories… hence the fact that they wouldn’t need so much Breast Milk.
Or in reality, as the ladies are putting forward the argument here… any at all.
Interesting scenario you have put forward for sure
But sorry, I still ain’t buying it.
Just because something is so (or can be done) doesn’t naturally make it the right thing to do.
Hope this helps,
Lol, and thanks for the crazy minds eye pic I now have stuck in my head… some full grown adult wanting to belly up to the boob for their daily supply !!
ICK indeed !!
Post # 38
I’m breast feeding until 1 year or less. I don’t judge anyone else’s choices, but that will be mine.
Post # 39
6-12 months. My rule was if my baby can sit up, hold a cup, is starting to walk and has a tooth or two it’s time to start the weaning process. I think 6-12 months is healthiest, at least it seems so to me.
Post # 40
@This Time Round: ahahahahaha!!! Sorry for the image (thanks for sticking it in my head too!)
I was in NO way implying that a person SHOULD drink breast milk their whole life, not by any means!!
I agree with pp’s, and posted my boyfriends wise words too, once I have kids I will stop breast feeding once they are old enough to know what they’re doing.
I only meant to suggest that maybe some of the assumptions being made are a little unfounded. Women do not often breast feed into later years because thy have an unhealthy attachment to breast feeding, more often than not it’s a choice they made because they believed it was best for their child.
I just think the automatic judgement of anyone who does things differently than us is way to quick sometimes. Just because we don’t believe in it or understand it, doesn’t neccesarily make it te wrong choice! Just a different choice. People all parent very differently, we’re all just trying to figure out whata right for our kids!
Post # 41
@FutureMrsHallam: I really think that is far too much!
I actually read somewhere that the milk women produce actually looses it’s nutricional value after a set amount of time so there really is no need or benefit in breastfeeding.
Post # 42
@FutureMrsHallam: I think the only person over the age of ~2 that needs to have their mouth anywhere near my boobs would be my husband, thanks very much.
Post # 43
@BeachBride2014: If they can ask for it, they’re too old for it.
^ that pretty much says it all.
Post # 44
@This Time Round: IMO one of the most important roles of being a Parent is bestowing independence on your kids as age appropriate… so as to make sure they grow-up / mature adequately… so that by the time they are 18 and ready to leave home, they have all the skills required. This is a building block process… and begins before they ever head off to Nursery School… and continues on to High School Graduation.
I totally agree. I feel like sometimes parents get to caught up in certain things (for example breast-feeding which seems to have become the holy grail of parenting) which at the end of the day may not impact your child’s life that much (Can youtell the difference between an adult that was breastfed and one that wasn’t?) but then miss the mark completely on other things, such as making sure your child is a mature, balanced and indipendent person which is a lot harder but definetly far more important.
Post # 45
@lalalyanne: this may be true but the actual latching is most likely due to attachment issues, IMO. an older child could drink breast milk out of a bottle or even a glass, could they not?
Post # 46
To @CarolF: said,
I think the only person over the age of ~2 that needs to have their mouth anywhere near my boobs would be my husband, thanks very much
Lol and even then, if I was breastfeeding… that isn’t happening !!
Sorry, but that just icks me out too.
I know some guys & gals are ok with it, but I never was.
In my world breastmilk is strictly for infants / babies … and in my mind that is under 1 years old.