Woman Still Breastfeeds 6-Year-Old!

If you’re in the middle of your breakfast (or lunch), you may want to bookmark this article and come back to it later. That’s because we’re going to talk about breastfeeding, which is a beautiful and natural thing, to be sure, but when it’s a 6-year-old who’s suckling at momma’s boob? Hmm, not so much. Amanda Hurst is a 29-year-old mother of two sons: one five months and one 6 years old, and she breastfeeds both of them … occasionally at the same time. And by her comments, it would seem Amanda breastfeeds her 6-year-old more out of convenience or her own personal enjoyment than anything else.

“I know some people think it’s strange. But I think it’s perfectly natural. He’s doing it less and less and it’s only a ­morning thing. I’m feeding William, ­Daddy’s gone to work and it’s cold, so I don’t want to get out of bed.”

Get out of bed! Just do it! Pour a bowl of Cheerios for little William. Or, give him a banana and a piece of toast with peanut butter.

“We were [broke]. We had my ­husband Roy’s income as a warehouseman but out of that we had to pay for food, the mortgage and running a car. We used cloth nappies as we couldn’t afford disposables and when it came to feeding we couldn’t afford the ­formula. It just made financial sense.”

So, this is a financial thing? I mean, I get that argument when the kid’s a baby and we’re talking breast milk vs. formula. Go ahead and put “cheaper” in the pro column for the boob, but when the kid’s six? Not OK anymore! Seriously, a box of cereal and some fruit isn’t that expensive.

“I think I’m quite lazy. I’d have gone crazy having to sterilize all those bottles. Breast milk is always the right temperature, right consistency and it’s always there, on tap.”

This goes back to not wanting to get out of bed, right? You know, this might be a question of clinical depression or something. I’m no mental health expert, but if one really has no energy to go to the grocery store (or the kitchen) and get some food for her 6-year-old, there may be something medically wrong there. I’m just sayin’: maybe “lazy” = depression or some other form of mental illness that should be addressed.

“I think that if ­anything being ­breastfed has made him more ­confident as he knows he can always come back to base. If you believe the research, breastfeeding benefits me as it lowers the risk of breast ­cancer, it helps the children as it gives them immunity, it helps anxiety levels and it’s natural. Breasts are there for a reason. They are there for babies, not for sex. And, no, it hasn’t affected our sex life.”

I’ll just leave this comment for you readers to address … [via Daily Mail]