(Closed) Woman want to breastfeed 5yo girl until she is 10 or more…

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: When do you think is an appropriate age to stop breastfeeding?
    I have no opinion either way. : (15 votes)
    3 %
    6 months : (24 votes)
    4 %
    6-12 months : (205 votes)
    36 %
    1-2 years : (222 votes)
    39 %
    2-3 years : (29 votes)
    5 %
    3-4 years : (11 votes)
    2 %
    4-5 years : (2 votes)
    0 %
    Whenever they get too many teeth - ouch! : (18 votes)
    3 %
    Whenever the child decides not to. : (28 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 77
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    This subject continues to blow up my facebook… people get SUPER heated about it… but I voted 1-2 years, and used the word “appropriate” as my guide. I understand that it’s a very personal subject, and I’m not a mother, but I think it’s appropriate to stop breastfeeding as long as the baby is healthy around that age. Personally, I’d like to breastfeed for the minimum 6 months that I’ve often seen recommended, and hopefully up to a year.

    Post # 78
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    5-6 years old is getting into grade 1…. My friend is teacher and she told me that in her grade one class she was given the requirement to teach them about sexual development. Sexual development meaning the differences between boys and girls and the facts that women got periods and males got erections etc….(basically what happens to us as we grow) she was not allowed to talk about “sex” as in….what do mommy and daddy DO with those parts…. if they asked they would be told to go home and ask their parents lol. That was next years topic…. but still they were old enough to learn the funtionality of our bodies….. if they are old enough to mentally comprehend that, they should NOT be breastfeeding in my opinion, thats gross!

    She even had to make up games to have them understand and she made up this bucket of stuff full of tampons, pads, shaving cream, acne medication etc… and each kid had to come up and pull something out, say what it was and what they thought it was for/where did it go…. she said it was the funniest thing she’d ever seen. Again….. 5-6 year olds are TOO OLD for breastfeeding…….YUCK.

     

     

     

    Post # 79
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Jijitattoo:  yes!! I was just thinking – why does our society find it more acceptable to give  toddler aged kids cow milk (which is from another animal) or soy milk than our own breastmilk?  Wouldn’t toddlers be getting more fats, carbs, proteins from milk designed for their species rather than from cows or soybeans?

    @Rachel631: I agree! 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 80
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    That’s disturbing D: I’m afraid of breastfeeding, but I’ll probably end up doing it… for as short of a time as possible. Children need to gain independence and letting a child breastfeed for too long seems like it would not bear well on their mental/emotional health.

    Post # 81
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    923 posts
    Busy bee

    I have no problem with someone breastfeeding until age 3,4 or even 5 but beyond that I just don’t get it. I think it is healthy to have some bodily autonomy from your children at a certain point, and it isn’t a choice I would be making. I do know several people who remember breast feeding and they are all well adjusted and normal for what it’s worth. 

    Post # 82
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    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @shanbp:  I would like to see this bucket game on Youtube or something. That sounds hilarious

    Post # 83
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    2124 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Being breastfed is one memory I am glad I do not have. I really have a hard time understanding why anyone woud see this as beneficial. 

    Post # 84
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    9089 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I feel that at a year and a half to two years is the maximum a child should be breastfed. That said, I would probably stop when the child developed teeth — My breast is not a chew toy.

    With that being said, I don’t really care what other people do with their breasts and/or children. I think there is a definite “ick” factor to a 5-10 year old being breastfed, but if that’s your thing… 

    Post # 85
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Eckle:  lol, oh man she said it was so hard to keep her composure….ALL the boys were getting the pads and tampons and they were just ripping them open and pulling on everything, and the little boys were like “I think its for the girls to put it here” (pointing to that region) lol

    sooo curious lol. She had to send a note home to the parents telling them they were covering the topic and that she had to direct questions outside the guidelines to them so be ready hahaha.

    Post # 87
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m not sure anyone mentioned this yet but I don’t think it’s possible to breastfeed until age 10 because the mouth naturally changes when adult teeth start coming in.  Personally, I think age 2 will be my personal cut off but I don’t negatively judge until someone still breastfeeds at age 4 or 5.  That to me is a little out there.

    Post # 88
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    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I dont think there’s a specific perfect age to stop breastfeeding. whenever the child is ready and the mother is ready. simples 🙂

    Post # 89
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    1002 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Bracelet00:  […]no amount of me going “Ewwwwww. You’re using your breast like you are meant to for a longer period than I feel comfortable with! Please feed your child from a cow’s breast like the rest of us.” is really going to change their mind.

    Ultimately, this.  I’m much more comfortable with “extended” breastfeeding than I am with the hypersexualization of the human secondary sexual characteristics (including the breasts).  If we as a society viewed breasts as child-feeding devices (which they are), not sex toys (which they are only because we perceive them as such), then this concept would not be so upsetting to so many people.

    Post # 90
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Kates1979:   +1

    There have been a million threads about this and I’m still so dissapointed at the use of “ew” “gross “disgusting”, as women, when talking about breastfeeding.

    A woman should breastfeed HER CHILD for as long as she likes.  We shouldn’t judge her for her decisions in raising HER CHILD. 

    Post # 91
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    1285 posts
    Bumble bee

    For one, I can’t believe the mother’s  milk lasts that long. I had enough problems retaining milk for a year with my son! 

    I breastfed for about 10.5 months..but my son weaned himself from breastfeeding and wouldn’t take formula either. I had to go straight to milk, as directed by from the pediatrician. 

    If the woman wants to breastfeed her child as long as she wants to, why not? Me personally, I wouldn’t do it because life gets too busy and I work full time and it’s not conveinient for me to do so.  She has her own reasons for wanting to do it, so as a formal breast feeder, I can’t judge anyone for making that decision because I know the benefits of breastfeeding a baby. It doesn’t just benefit the child, it benefits the mother. 

     

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