How long should you breastfeed?
So this picture from Time.com sparks debate all over the world. She doesn’t look like a loving and caring mother breastfeeding her child they say..
What about the above? Loving enough? (Photo: Time.com)
I’ve seen with my own eyes a mother breastfeeding her son who is almost as tall as her in IKEA. The mother is as petite as me for your information. People all over were staring at her like she have just committed a crime!
I don’t think it would have caused a stir IF the child is a girl but when you see a boy feeding like that, you get all uneasy. It is all in the mind don’t you think so?
I have nothing against moms who wish to breastfeed all the way till dunno like forever. It is after all, their choice. My uncle Harry will definitely agree as my grandma used to tell me stories of how she nursed him until he was like what, 5? (Correct me if I’m wrong Uncle Harry) My grandma has 9 kids all together and Uncle Harry shared the milk with his younger siblings.
I for one wished I could breastfeed Ethan longer. I tried breastfeeding Ethan when he was born but somehow, try as I might, I wasn’t lactating enough. I got the help of those kind nurses in the hospital yet still, I wasn’t producing as much. They had to resort to feeding Ethan formula when I just couldn’t COW enough. For 3 months, I breastfed Ethan and supplement with formula. And then I fell sick. For 3 weeks I was unable to breastfeed him. By the time I recovered, my milk supply is as good as dry. I tried again. Got help from nurses again. I failed.
To others, breastfeeding seems like the most natural thing to do. There is no way you CANNOT produce milk they say. I wish I can say the same as I’ve struggled yet still failed. That is one of my biggest failure in life as a mother, failing to exclusively breastfeed Ethan for the first 6 months. It kind of depressed me in certain ways.
If mothers out there choose to breastfeed their child up to preschool, so be it. It’s what a mother can do, why the debate? Unless the mother goes beyond that and breastfeed her son until he leaves for college…
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