So some people agree with it, some don't...at the end of the day, your kid, your choice.
Even though I wouldn't do it past 12 months of age (probably 6 actually), I'm not going to tell people who do that they're wrong for doing it. It doesn't affect me what they do so why should I care?
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11-05-2012 16:08 #81
11-05-2012 16:11 #82
I can't believe the term 'revolting' is being bandied around. How offensive.
11-05-2012 16:16 #83
11-05-2012 16:16 #84Senior Member
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Out of curiosity, and I really mean no insult by this question, but for those who have no problem with a 3 or 4 year old being breastfed...
Is there an age at which you would feel a bit funny about it? Like, if a 12 year old or older were still being BF? They'd still be getting the extra nutrients, etc. But would that feel a bit 'off' then? Where is the cut off? Or isn't there one?
11-05-2012 16:22 #85
There was a frankly hilarious comment on The Age where somebody was worried that if a boy were breastfed too long he might grown up unable to see breasts as anything other than a food source. Yes, that would be dreadful. Because the only thing you can do with a jar of nutella is put it on toast, right?
11-05-2012 16:23 #86
Girl X, it's impossible for a 12 year old to latch on and suckle a breast anyway. I think that ability is lost by around 8 years old.
And no, there's no age I find it 'off'. My best friend's brother used to come home from school and have a boob up until he was about 7. It was a quick drink - just like getting a glass of water, and then he was off.
My cousin was diagnosed with leukemia at 9 and her mum, who was feeding a new baby, expressed breast milk for her to drink so she'd get the benefits of breastmilk even though she was unable to breastfeed properly any more.
But I've been around breastfeeding all my life (even though I wasn't breastfed myself) and unlike most people, I see the primary function of breasts being to nourish a child, not as a source of sexual pleasure.
11-05-2012 16:27 #87
to 'me' that would be on average about age 5.
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That said I used to find the idea of nursing a 'child' (read.12 months +) awkward yet here I am almost 24 months and still nursing.
If someone eldest 13/5 year old was nursing off them well its not my child nor my boobs to feel uncomfortable about.
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11-05-2012 16:37 #89
I'm genuinely wondering if it's the breast part that grosses people out? Would expressing into a cup be less gross? Because you know normal cows milk comes from a cows boobs right?
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11-05-2012 16:43 #90
Would I feel odd if my DD was 5 and still feeding. I'd say so.
Looking back through time - it seems a natural weaning age is around the 4 year old mark. Why? IMO I'd say children are able to regulate emotions more, are eating a wider variety of food and are probably more independent. I would say that's when my toddler will begin to wean herself without my prompting.
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