“If they can ask for it…”

“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:

To The Mom Nursing A Toddler


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