Leading the way in creating Mommy Issues For 20-somethings of the future, Maha Al Musa, a 51-year-old mom who told the UK tabloid New! that she plans to breastfeed her daughter Aminah until she is 10 years old. Yes, you read that correctly. She’ll be breastfeeding her child until the 5th grade.
Aminah, who is five right now, has been nursing since birth. Al Musa believes it helps Aminah’s immune system and insists that she’s healthier and calmer than most other kids. She also feels a special bond with her daughter: “The moment I felt that bond, I was instantly hooked,” Al Musa told The New York Post. Um. I get that breastfeeding is supposed to be a bonding experience and all, but isn’t this kind of taking the “helicopter parent” thing too far?
Given all the shit that nursing mothers take in our society — from Facebook to the military to Funny Or Die — I appreciate Al Musa’s commitment to nursing. But when parents are adamant their kids will nurse until X-age, it looks to other people like they are avoiding the fact that their babies are growing up. And what about Aminah’s social life? How soon until she realizes that the other kids in her class don’t breastfeed? Is she going to come home from school in the 5th grade and head straight to her mom’s chest when she walks in the door? Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Anyway, I suspect that Aminah — perhaps to her mother’s consternation — will quit the tit a lot earlier than that. “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik got a lot of flack for breastfeeding her son until he was three-and-a-half, but he eventually weaned himself off when he was ready. Stay tuned, I guess?
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