For decades breastfeeding has been considered a controversial subject with so many expressing such strong opinions on something that is essentially one of the most natural things in the world.
From being a taboo topic of discussion to one that everyone seems to weigh in on when it comes to those feeding in public or those moms who want to feed their kids longer than is “socially acceptable.”
But every mom of a newborn is different so shouldn’t we be satisfied that as long as mother and baby are happy that is enough?
Unfortunately not in the case of Miira Dawson, who caused quite a stir when she shared with the public that she wanted to feed her two kids until they were 10 years old.
Miira Dawson, from the U.K., says her goal was to carry on breastfeeding both her 5-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old son until they reached their tenth birthdays.
“I think it is a lovely thing for a baby to grow up and remember being breastfed, as not many people would be able to say this,” she said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “Plus, there are all of the health and IQ benefits.”
Miira also co-sleeps with her son and daughter, while her husband Jim has to sleep in another bedroom, according to the article.
While this may push people’s comfort levels a bit too far, the health benefits for feeding your children longer than most are endorsed by the World Health Organisation and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
A report endorsed by the AAFP says the natural weaning age for humans is anywhere between 2 and 7 years-old.
The report adds that breastfeeding past infancy and even into toddlerhood has been shown to decrease breast cancer in the child later in life and could even give the child continued protection against contracting illnesses.
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