Breastfeeding is a contentious issue in modern society. The over-sexualization of women’s bodies has resulted in many moms being shamed for this perfectly natural activity. However, the moms who are subject the most shaming are those who refuse to stop breastfeeding.
It has been scientifically proven that children who are breastfed for longer are considerably healthier than those who are not. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their lives are less likely to suffer from ailments like respiratory illnesses. While most moms stop breastfeeding their babies once they are toddlers, a small number continue to do so into their kid’s preschool years and, in exceptional cases, their teenage years. One of these moms is 29-year-old English blogger, Sophie Mei Lan. She has two preschool-aged children, Jasmine and Arianna, and despite her husband telling her to stop breastfeeding them, she absolutely refuses to, claiming that it has not only brought them closer together but saved her thousands of dollars in the process. Sophie is convinced that her decision to continue breastfeeding her daughters helps them to sleep better. In fact, she goes to bed with them every night as she believes that her milk has a soothing effect on them and they often fall asleep while feeding. However, it turns out that refusing to stop breastfeeding could be detrimental to a child. Check out this video below about a mom whose decision to continue breastfeeding her 14-month-old daughter had a detrimental effect on her behavior:
But now that Sophie’s children are getting older, she’s also worried about the effects her decision could have on them. Five-year-old Jasmine is about to start school, and she is concerned that still being breastfed could potentially isolate her from the other children. “I told her not many kids in her class would be feeding, but she’s not bothered,” Sophie said in an interview with The Sun. Despite the fact her daughter appears to be content with continuing to be breastfed, however, Sophie’s husband, Chris, wants it to stop. Having watched his wife breastfed for much longer than expected, he is concerned about the impact which it could be having on her health. In his eyes, she is exhausted because of it and that’s why he wants her to give her body a break. As a blogger, Sophie has received a lot of criticism for her decision, but it has not deterred her from doing what she believes is right by her children. “I don’t think there is anything strange about feeding your children,” she said. Prior to becoming a blogger, Sophie had been a full-time broadcast journalist at the BBC but decided to give it up when her youngest daughter, Arianna, fell seriously ill. “It was an obvious step for me, although it felt very difficult at the time to give up my dream job as a broadcast journalist at the BBC. But I think that making that big decision spurred me on, even more, to make sure that my blog was successful,” she said to the Wakefield Express. However, Sophie’s decision to continue breastfeeding is nowhere near as controversial as this mom, who still breastfeeds her 12-year-old son. “This isn’t about me. It’s about my son,” Nicole Mullen wrote in a controversial Thought Catalogue post. “His name is Mason. He’s 12 years old, and now that he stands at eye level with me, he has to bend over a bit when I breastfeed him in public.” “Sure, it’s a little jarring when people see what appears to be a grown man sucking on a woman’s breasts, but it’s natural and their discomfort is not my problem.” “The fact of the matter is, if it weren’t natural, I wouldn’t still produce milk, and it wouldn’t feel good to breastfeed my son. Because of the sexual repression of women, there’s little information on the sexual nerve receptors in the nipple and the rest of the [breast], but when a baby sucks on a woman’s breast she experiences a bit of sexual pleasure.” “I’ve even been encouraging my son to not shave because it feels even better when I feed him in public and I can feel his beard coming in. Which, oddly enough, makes even more people feel entitled to come up to me and tell me that what I am doing is wrong. It’s ironic that the more natural I make the breastfeeding, the more likely people are to call the police and report me for indecency.” Nicole went on to reveal that she would continue to breastfed her son until her body stops producing milk. However, the fact that she admitted to having a hormonal imbalance in the same post suggests that she is one woman who should listen to those who have shamed her.