Mom Claps Back Over Criticism for Extended Breastfeeding
Tamara Ecclestone is a 32-year-old heiress who lives in London and who has 262K followers on her Instagram account. She recently shared a beautiful image of her breastfeeding her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter with an important message. She wants everyone to know that there is no shame in extended breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding is a powerful demonstration of love and nurturing yet it has become so normal to hide,” she wrote. “I want to take that normal and toss it.”
Some fans praised the mom's efforts to normalize breastfeeding, even at age two. Others wrote that she was obviously posting pictures of her breast for attention and that there is no “need” to breastfeed a toddler. Honestly, I don't see why anyone would care or take the time to criticize a mother who is breastfeeding any child. Breastfeeding is healthy and it's hard work. So in my mind, any mom who is that committed to nurse for three years is like a superhero. And I think a lot of moms can fall prey to thinking a child is “too old” for breastfeeding, but the truth is, there is no medical evidence that supports an age for “cutting off” nursing. The World Health Organization recommends two years of breastfeeding. Especially for children in developing countries, where extended breastfeeding is literally life-saving.
The more kids I have had, the more I have realized that two years old is not “old.” I remember thinking my oldest child was so mature at two when she became a big sister. But now that the “baby” of the family is two, I've realized just how young that age really is. There's no shame in parenting any way that makes sense to you. I say more power to this beautiful mama and her daughter.
From the sounds of it, Tamara totally knows what's important about being a mom, and that's trusting your own intuition:
“I think all mothers should support each other and stick together instead of picking flaws,” she once said in an interview with Daily Mail. “It’s tricky, as parenting is one of those things everyone seems to have an opinion on, and a lot of the time it’s unwanted and can be so cruel …I am doing my best as a mom by following my heart and intuition. I feel moms should really listen to their intuition; no one knows their baby better.”
I totally agree. You keep on rocking it, mama, you're doing great.
What do you think? Is extended breastfeeding the right choice for your family?