How old is too old to be breastfed?
But I would say walking and talking is too old.
I agree with Kristen. I breast fed all my three boys until they were six, seven months old. After that it was time to move on. I think some mothers are overly attached to the whole thing. I had a friend and the kid used to hop up on her lap and latch on, it was very odd, as he was two years old at the time. Agh and ouch!
social development of those children who were breastfed till 71/2 y/o when they reach their teens and adulthood? Probably no difference, but many children are beginning to sexualize the female breast by that age.
I agree. Drawing the line at walking and talking is a good idea. As in Jack and the Beanstalk, there´s a time to sell Milky White.
As for that video...so much for the therapists to fix later. I have a question: do you think she´d be doing that if they were boys?
implied my concern re: 7 1/2 y/o boys still nursing when sexual connotations of the female breast are aborning in them. I'd be interested to see a study examining the impact of it on their psychological development as to their mothers and other women. I'd guess that in most cases there'd be no problems overtly.
It stirkes me as an odd use of a woman's time. And the child's too. Surely milk from a glass would be a quicker way for the girl to get proper nutrition. (I am guessing the mother might counter: What better use of my time than this close interaction with my daughter?)
For some reason, I did not get sound with the video, but I admit that the woman and the young daughters looked wholesome. Nevertheless, I think this woman is unwise. It does not seem emotionally wholesome to me to delay her child's development in this way. Children need to gain independence and confidence.
I might not feel free to express an opinion on this woman's child rearing since she did not ask for my opinion except--she published her child rearing practices. Putting such an intimate interaction on the Internet also strikes me as odd and unpleasant.
Because of financial reasons or other personal reasons, I realize some mothers may need to nurse their children longer than others. But I think children should be encouraged to become separate individuals from their mother.
Since this mother seems to have time on her hands, maybe she needs to adopt an infant that needs a home. Then she could teach her older daughters how to care for an infant. That would be a good use of their time too. Surely there is something more valuable the mother could do with her time than encouraging a child in this infant role. I believe strongly in breast feeding infants, but not older hildren. That is my mother's intuition.
adults agree with you. I do.
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