There has been a lot of talk this week about the cover of Time Magazine showing a mum breastfeeding her three year old son.
What exactly is the question here?
Are you Mom enough to continue to provide your child with vital nutrients just because they can walk unadided now?
Are you Mom enough to offer your child a source of comfort and security?
Are you Mom enough to want to protect your child from infections and allergies?
Well yes I am. Thank you very much.
I breastfed Belle until she was two and a half years old. I’d do the same again, for longer if I felt like it. I’m not ashamed of it because IT IS NORMAL.
So here’s what I think – breastfeeding a three year old is normal and something to be proud of. There is no evidence at all that breastfeeding an older child does them any harm, physically or emotionally. In fact the opposite is true.
Go on, I dare you.