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24th Apr 2024

Mum reveals she still breastfeeds her 9-year-old child


The mum breastfeeds her nine-year-old daughter

A mum has sparked a heated debate online after revealing she still breastfeeds her nine-year-old daughter.

She told Quora that she still breastfeeds her nine-year-old daughter.

The anonymous mother wrote: “I still allow my nine-year-old daughter to breastfeed from me, and she won’t stop until she wants to. Does anyone support me?”

According to the Mirror, the World Health Organisation urges mothers to breastfeed their newborns exclusively for six months before gradually reducing and moving their children onto appropriate foods.

Better Health claims: “Stopping breastfeeding is called weaning. It is up to you and your baby to decide when the time is right. Some parents and babies enjoy breastfeeding so much they are in no hurry to stop. It is not unusual for children up to four years of age to continue to be breastfed.

“Family members and friends may feel uncomfortable about extended breastfeeding and it can be helpful to have information to give your family and friends about why you have decided to keep breastfeeding. This may include information about the continued health benefits, security, and comfort for your child.”

Despite this, the mother’s post about breastfeeding her nine-year-old has still caused a huge stir with one person writing: “Please seek help. This is not natural or healthy for your daughter. You really need to turn off the mommy spigots and let her grow up.”

A second wrote: “Not me. Even animals wean their young. It’s part of the natural process of helping them grow up. That’s why we have a specific word for that phase.

“Every mammal does it. The process by definition involves denying suckling to babies who still want to suckle, so they will grow up into healthy, independent beings. So there is nothing “natural” about what you are doing. Quite the opposite. Sorry.”

Another wrote: “Breast or bottle feeding is how infants get their nutrition until they are able to eat baby food. There’s no earthly reason for a nine-year-old to still be fed like an infant. Additionally, if she doesn’t stop until SHE wants to stop, then you have lost control as a parent. What else does she make the rules on? What other parental rights have you handed over to a nine-year-old?”