12 May 2012

Bike Riding and Breast Feeding - Your thoughts?

No,  I don't have les bebes, but I find this topic interesting ... here are some snippets from Time - what do you think? Should your child ride his bike and then come in and request breast milk? Is it cool for your 5 year old to be sleeping in the bed with you and the hubs every night? How much is instinct? How much is cultural pressure?

Grumet - supporter of attachment parenting and extended breast feeding

 .... you can read the Q&A with her here
here's a snippet:
My mother breast-fed me until I was 6 years old, until I self-weaned.
Do you remember breast-feeding?
What’s that memory like?
It’s really warm. It’s like embracing your mother, like a hug. You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it’s from that. I never felt like she would ever leave me. I felt that security.
Also, her blog: I am not the Babysitter

Here is a related article  ...

 Extended Breast-Feeding: Is It More Common Than We Think? 

here's a snippet:
Several years later, I weaned my youngest because I had an unavoidable out-of-town trip. She was pushing 3 at the time, and I was able to have a conversation with her about what was about to happen. We had a kind of farewell party: she celebrated by munching on a cupcake made to resemble a breast with a gumdrop nipple, and that was it.

My thoughts:

1) I do support breast feeding, or more importantly, a mother's CHOICE to do so, or not - TO A CERTAIN AGE. But, at a certain age, you have to wonder, is this about the kid's needs or Mama's needs?
2) What do these dads think?
3) I'm really confused about how nursing into late toddlerhood {or early elementary school!?!?!} nurtures your child's social development and creates independence.

 Food {Drink?} for thought.


Katie said...

OMG- a cupcake shaped like a boob?!? That reminds me off that boob cake we made Andrew that time...

Im glad you said what do the fathers think- makes you wonder if they get a little jealous sometimes....

I am all about breast feeding bc its all natural and healthy, but personally think a child should have no memories of breast feeding, if they can remember it they probly did it just a liiiilll too long.

Andrew said...

When I read your title, my first thought was "You probably shouldn't do both at the same time".