Breastfeeding a Three-Year-Old is Normal

From”Breast-feeding a 3-year-old is normal, anthropologist says” –USA Today, May 11th 2012

 

Some online are calling it “perverted” and “dangerous” to nurse a 3-year-old, but “it’s normal for our species,” says Katherine Dettwyler, a professor of anthropology at the University of Delaware in Newark.

 

“It’s not perverted, it’s not sex, it’s not women doing it for some perverse need,” she says. “It’s normal like a nine-month pregnancy is normal.”

 

Dettwyler, who has published studies on breast-feeding, found that most children around the world are breast-fed for three to five years or longer.

 

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