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The Extended Breastfeeding Debate

Breastfeeding of a child

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I was pumping breast milk today and my two older children, ages 3 and 5 were in the room with me.  My three-year old had been asking for breast milk.  I thought it was brought on by jealousy of his newborn baby brother.  I finally asked him if he wanted to try some and he said yes.  Then my five-year old asked for some too.  So I gave them each a taste of the expressed milk.

My three-year old looked disgusted and when I offered him more, he declined.  Then I left my five-year old try it and he too, had an unpleasant look on his face.  Then he said it tasted plain.  I offered them both more and while they would have taken it, I didn’t give them any.  My oldest though the whole situation was disgusting and didn’t want me to start breastfeeding them again.  I told him there is a difference between breastfeeding and giving them breast milk.  Then I also asked him what’s the difference if the milk is pumped out of a cow or a human?  I think cows milk is pretty disgusting.  I don’t drink it and rarely use it.  A gallon could last us a month if it would stay good that long!

I began thinking about extended breastfeeding and decided to look it up.  Although the most people object to breastfeeding past infancy and toddler ages, some people choose to breastfeed their school aged children.  The you tube video I linked to details the story of a woman breastfeeding her school aged children.  What is your opinion?

I couldn’t do it myself.  My children are big and it would feel awkward.  I breastfed my oldest till he was 15 months and I felt that it was long enough.

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