So everyone has seen it. The TIME cover with the hot mom and the WAY TOO OLD TO BE BREASTFEEDING KID on the cover.
And we all seem to have an opinion about it.
I for one, think this is just YUCK. This kid can go pour himself a glass of milk, which someone needs to tell him by the way tastes way better with oreos than anything coming out of his mommy's boob. Maybe the father should tell him to get off of it and go grab a capri sun. It's his turn.
I remember a friend of mine wasn't sure when to stop breastfeeding. Until one day her son looked at her when she was taking a bath and he was able to speak the words "I am so hungry I want to eat you" as he looked at her full bosom. She knew it was time.
I am all for breast feeding. Or not. Formula today is just as healthy, it's a personal choice. I don't say anything to the mom's that whip out their boob at a restaurant and let junior suckle on their teat in front of my kids. Then my children laugh and I have to try to show them that it's not funny, it's actually something special and beautiful and beneficial that mommy's try to do for their babies. BABIES. Not children who can stand on their own on top of a chair.
I know this is acceptable in Europe. I believe the average age is about 5 to ween their children. But this seems to be their norm. For whatever reason. This isn't the dark ages. We actually have refrigerators that hold milk, water or juice. And this breast milk is really not offering anything to this child anymore. If you haven't bonded with your child by now, in the way of letting them latch onto your breast, you might need to rethink your parenting approach.
If your child can only feel close to you if he sucks on your breast, then maybe you need to hold his hand or rub his hair while you sing a song together.
It seems like his playmates might look at him strangely while they are having their fruit snacks and sippy cups and he is pulling up mommy's shirt for a refreshing snack.
I am all for trying to do the right thing for your kids. And loving and bonding with them the best way you can. But there is seriously something oddly disturbing about this whole thing to me.
I think it's time this mother sees that what she is doing is creepy. And remember, this is coming from a mom who slept with her oldest til she was 10, had one of them wearing pullups until she was 4 and gave her 9 year old sippy cups daily.
I know it's hard to let your children grow up. We would love them to stay babies forever. But there comes a time when you have to say to yourself ... if my kid can unhook my bra, then maybe its time to buy him his very own set of tumblers at the next tupperware party.
Note to self: get kids out of my bed and throw away all sippy cups before they end up on the cover of a magazine for all to see their weird but true habits they (and I ) can't let go of.
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