Is Breastfeeding a 4-Year-Old Immoral and Inappropriate?
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|Thu, 09-20-2012 - 3:45pm|
There is simply no need to breastfeed a child past 2-years-old; in fact it's somewhat odd and bordering on incestuous. There’s little evidence of any health benefits beyond the age of one. It seems morally wrong to breastfeed a child that is old enough to walk over to his mother and open her shirt. It may also be confusing and embarrassing to the child when he or she sees that his or her friends are no longer breastfeeding.
It’s self-indulgent on the mother’s part - it keeps the child more dependent psychologically and physically on the mother which gives her comfort. But this is harmful to the child's development. Children need to learn independence so they can go to nursery school and be socialized. It also leaves fathers out of the mix, especially if the father no longer lives with the mother.
How can these children learn to cope without their parents if they rely on the breast? At what age is it no longer appropriate in our society: 5-years-old? 6-years-old? 7-years-old?