I dont care who breastfeeds and who doesnt and for how long you do or dont do it for.
What I dont like is the photo of the child on the chair. Its obviously done to cause a stir but if they really wanted to have a positive article about extended breastfeeding and attachment parenting then I think that will all be lost because of the photo.
Everyone will get all up in arms about the photo and everything else will be ignored.
Such a shame....if they had of had a different photo...one more nuturing and loving and gentle I believe a lot of the reactions would be different.
Sometimes just because you get publicity about something doesnt necessarily mean its good for the cause. Personally I think whatever they were trying to convey has backfired becasue of the photo and the headline.
I thought nothing of it...nothing. I didn't find it confronting, I didn't find it a beautiful photo of a mum nourishing her child..I just thought 'ok 3 year old hving a breastfeed while standing on a chair.' The title was provoking though.
I'm pretty happy that my reaction to the photo was nothing...7 years ago I thought breastfeeding a baby past 6 months was disgusting and sexual and now I'm educated enough to know the benefits, and have been exposed to it enough to not bat an eyelid at the pic.
I fed my kids until there were 18 months (DD1 was 14 months) and I was so.unbelievably.over.it. by then I take my hat off to anyone who breastfeeds to full term.
I will tell you why I kept going after I was 'over it' (was over it by 24 months, well and truly). It was because I could see that DS clearly got a great comfort from it, and I chose the path of least resistance. I could see that it would take a lot of stress and effort to wean him and I just couldn't be bothered putting either of us through that. I separated from his dad when he was 3.5, then just before DS turned 4 his dad took him on a holiday to NZ for 2+ weeks, so I took that opportunity to wean him (warned him prior to him going that it was ending).
I can assure you that it was nothing at all to do with my needs as to why I didn't wean earlier. Actually I think that was I did was a selfless thing to do. I kept going two YEARS after I was well and truly over it. I won't be BFing DD anywhere near as long (planning on weaning at 12 months), but I don't regret feeding DS for that long. I think he is a lucky boy to have gotten my milk for so long
There are lots of things parents do that are wrong.
Extended breastfeeding is not one of them.
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What do I think? I think she's beautiful and I think she's feeding her kid, which is great.
I'm always going to find a kid having human milk over cows milk more natural, think about properly, it makes so much more sense biologically.
Do those saying it's unnecessary not give their kids any milk?
That being said, everyone is different and each to their own. I'm not going to come on here and call another mother revolting for feeding her toddler/child. If that's what you want to do then good for you. It's just not normal to ME and MY BELIEFS. Some people are just so darn touchy!! State your opinion and move on!!
As for the photo, I don't like it. I think its totally impersonal, staged and does not show the beautiful experience that breastfeeding is. The 2nd photo is a bit better, but I suppose they were made to shock the audience and it did give me a bit of a shock.
My DD is only 16 months, but the suggestion that mums feed their older toddlers for their own benefit blows my mind! I really can't see how it would benefit the mum (apart from the health benefits for her and knowing that she's doing the best for her child) and see it as an incredibly selfless thing to do. I know for me that I'd joyfully wean today if I didn't wholeheartedly believe in the health benefits of full-term BF and see the joy and comfort that it gives my DD.
the cover is obviously intended to be provocative and does seem very detached, but hopefully in the storm of discussion that it generates more people will become aware of just how biologically normal and beneficial feeding a child of this age is
It would be nice if the people who are so outraged (namely the ones who have commented on the article sites) by the pictures and accompanying article concentrated their energies on things involving children which ARE revolting, horrendous, abhorrent etc. A day working in a child protection office would put everything in perspective.
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