“If they can ask for it they’re too old.” How many times have we heard this phrase? Or even said it ourselves. Over the last year I have found myself in a situation where this topic comes up, and I stand silently mortified. People who barely know me, insulting the bond I have with my daughter without even knowing it.
My soon to be 3 year old still nurses. When she was about 2 years old, I witnessed a conversation between co-workers about extended breastfeeding being gross. I stood there in shock, one of them was a breastfeeding mother herself. Again, now that my daughter is close to 3, I witnessed one of these conversations again. It was a room full of mothers and pregnant women, almost all apauled by the idea of breastfeeding a toddler. I didn’t feel as though it was appropriate to argue with them at the time, and was left feeling outraged.
So today I say to everyone, be mindful of your words. You don’t know who is breastfeeding a toddler, and your words hurt. These kinds of conversations are some of the things that keep the women in this country from giving their babies the best they can.
I found this Scary Mommy post very heartfelt and true: