Just in case you missed Time Magazine’s controversial cover story and pic…
You know the one!! The young blond on the front with her three year old standing on a chair, feeding on his mom’s breast.
You’re not going to see that pic here! We try to be edgy, innovative and brutally honest…that’s just a lil too much!
So the main story is about Sears, a pediatrician known as “Dr. Bill”. Sears and his wife are the “attachment parenting” gurus that advocate being more readily available for your kids emotional needs as well as the immediate physical needs of toddlers and infants.
This philosophy advocates breastfeeding, says no to spanking children and other kinds of corporal punishment and has inspired the natural childbirth, anti-circumcision and natural and organic foods movements.
So all that to say…
How old is TOO old to breastfeed? I asked this question on my Facebook the other day and here are some of the responses.
“When asking such a question it should be followed by.. Serious answers only please… Just saying. I have had to use all will power to hold back”
“I think much older than 15 months is a bit much.”
“It’s a personal choice that the mother and child should decide. It’s incredible how rude people can be about this situation. God gave you boobs and milk for this reason.”
“The world wide average age is 3, I personally think that is insane.”
“We did a missions trip to a village in Mexico where it wasn’t uncommon to go to 12 and we met one Indian who was 15 and still being breast fed !”
Some of these answers are right on…and some are just freakin hilarious. Can you tell which comments are from the men?
There were two more comments that I believed were really wise as well and took some real thought, so here you go…
“This is such a emotionally charged subject…but there is research that supports extended nursing. why is nursing pushed so much in the beginning? Because it has sooo many health benefits for the baby. Those benefits don’t just disappear at a magic age! Somewhere in there people loose sight of the benefits and it becomes “gross.” Why? (no answer needed- I’ve heard them all!)”
“Not to sound spiritual, but listen to the Spirit of God. He is the one that lead you to new life, and He is the one to help you answer this question for your child and yourself. I did it with both kids, and He lead me to the perfect time for us. I, therefore, do not feel badly when compared to others, because I know I obeyed.”
In terms of wisdom from the one and only Mr. Chris Spradlin? Yeah, hmmm…I don’t have much wisdom to impart on this subject. (That should have sounded like the boss on Office Space)
I know my limitations and where my expertise begins and ends. I just hope you were able to glean some wisdom from the comments above!
However, If he is starting to grow a stach…well, it’s probably been a little too long!!?!
What do you think? Leave a comment and share your opinion.