How old is too old to breastfeed is a question society is continuing to ask itself. Of course it varies from culture to culture, but when a child can walk, talk, and think for themselves it sure does make you wonder if allowing them to still breastfeed is “right” or psychologically damaging.
When Denise Sumter became a mother, she thought she would breastfeed her baby for six months to a year.
When she got to that point, though, she didn’t want to stop and is still breastfeeding six and a half years later. She tells Mirror that her decision to let her child decide when to stop is firm.
“I’ll feed Belle as long as she asks,” she says. “I don’t know how long that will be. It will be the same with Beau. I don’t think there’s anything weird about it,” she says.
Sumter says Belle feeds if she is “tired, ill, or simply wants some bonding time with her mum.” Occasionally, Belle and her 18-month-old brother feed at the same time. Denise says that Belle will decide when the time comes to wean herself off of her mother’s breast milk.
With all of the controversy and questions regarding breastfeeding, it is on the rise in the United States.
But a 6-year-old breastfeeding is not something that goes over very well with a majority of society. Dr. Katherine Dettwyler, an anthropologist, says that the natural age for a human to wean is between 2.5 and 7 years of age.
Science says it’s okay, but what do you say?