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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Melanie Mayo-Laakso

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Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.


One thought on “Breastfeeding a Three-Year-Old is Normal”

  1. Hello!

    There is so much useful information on your website! I wanted to introduce Gentle Goodnight to you as it is a book written specifically for breatfeeding, co-sleeping moms. I am trying to get the word out about the book and would love to have you review it and if you do giveaways give you a couple if it meets your approval.

    Here is a brief description of Gentle Goodnight:

    Gentle Goodnight teaches you a new, loving, step by step Dancing Sleep Method. You will have your nursing baby or toddler to sleep in less than 25 minutes and have control over nap and bedtime at home or on the go. Dancing your baby or toddler gently to sleep has many benefits including getting the baby weight off quickly. The Dancing Method helps a child understand they are safe and loved with a Gentle Goodnight.

    I found that matching my baby’s/toddlers energy level while dancing I could slowly bring their energy down to fall asleep. It was 99.99% effective getting all 3 of my kids to sleep over 6000 times between them.

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