Extended BFing: what do you REALLY think
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|Thu, 08-26-2010 - 11:27am|
I've been sitting on my hands on other forums (not necessarily iVillage) because the topic of the forum is not one where I'd feel comfortable, but where extended nursing has become a side debate. In the hopes of bringing out some lurkers I wanted to talk about older nurslings again. I know we've beat the topic to death here but I don't see any other dead horses lying around either. ;o)
I've never heard a convincing argument AGAINST nursing a child to whatever age they decide to stop. I've heard the following:
Mom isn't doing it for the child; she's doing it for herself, and not allowing the child to grow up/learn how to feed/learn how to self-soothe/attain indepencence.
Child shouldn't nurse past the age of ___ because it isn't nutritionally necessary.
Child will grow up to have a skewed image of women/have sexual feelings toward his/her mother
OK, maybe breastmilk is healthy, but Mom should not be feeding it directly from the breast past the age of ___; she should pump.
Am I missing anything? Is there any truth to these arguments for a normal child (meaning one that is developing normally both physically and mentally)?