One mom appeared on the British Show “Holly and Phil” saying she’s continuing to breastfeed her 5-year-old daughter because it helps manage her depression.
There’s often a brouhaha about extended breastfeeding, many times because people question the motives behind nursing a child past the age of what some in society deem as ‘normal.’
While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding until six months, and a combination of solids and breastmilk until at least one, they also recommend nursing as long as you and your child wish to continue.
In many countries, in fact, children are nursed until at least two, with a good many longer.
But when Sophie Mei Lan shared that she nurses her five-year-old daughter still on a popular British morning talk show to manage her depression, the Interent turned out in full force to blast her.
Today is a better day. I feel like hibernating at the moment but that’s not possible with two lively daughters. My #depression has come back to bite me, I’m tearful, I’m down… but I’m keeping on going (well, trying). 🦄🦄🦄 I really enjoyed however going to #review #SarahandDuck @westyorkshireplayhouse it was a gentle and funny bit of escapism. 🦆🦆🦆 I told myself I could do it as it’s just one bus ride to Leeds @arrivabusuk 👌👌👌 but then as ever the girls dragged me for a post-theatre shopping trip @leedsmarkets 😂😂😂 kids do really drag you out of your comfort zone 🛍🛍🛍 #retailtherapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #theatre #leeds #yorkshire #shoppingspree #kidstheatre #childrensbooks #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmoms #breastfeedingmum #breastfeedfriendly #breastfeedingmama #madmum #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mentallyill #mentalbreak ❤️❤️❤️
She and her husband Chris said that she also breastfeeds her three-year-old daughter, and she plans to do so until her daughters are seven-years-old.
Love this #behindthescenes shot from our @thesun photoshoot in #London – @tamaraecclestoneofficial style! ❤️❤️❤️ We were pampered and fed ( the girls enjoyed lasagne and #Breastmilk) 😊😊😊 Although any #photoshoot with kids is slightly stressful 😬😬😬 But luckily there was a team on hand to entertain the kids 🦄🦄🦄 #breastfeeding #attachmentparenting #attachmentparent #gentleparent #gentleparenting #breastfeedingfriendly #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingdress #breastfeedingmum #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingmoms #breastfeedingart #breastfeedingbaby #breastfeedinginpublic #attachment #parenting #lionessmama #snaphappy #snaphappybritmums #snaphappyfamily #kidsofinstagram
She told Holly and Phil that nursing her daughters helps ‘anchor’ her, and helps her manage her depression. She went on to tell them that she never originally planned to nurse as long as she did or now plans to, but after openly talking about her mental health and depression, she’s learned that breastfeeding anchors her. More, she says that when she nurses, she is able to focus on her children and the joy they bring her.
The blogger/vlogger initially nursed to meet the needs of her daughters, but she shocked viewers when she said that she nurses sometimes eight-to-ten times a day. When Phil asked if she nursed for her daughters for them or for her, she told him that it was definitely still for them as they want to continue nursing and she wants to do what is best for them.
She also explained to the host that mammals often nurse until five-or seven-years-old, and she thinks that it’s weirder that we drink cow’s breast milk as older toddlers and young children instead of our own human breast milk.
Her husband, Chris, sat beside her and added that he didn’t care what anyone thought as long as she was nursing for the right reason.
The Internet response wasn’t so sure though…or were they? Some of the responses:
I actually can’t deal with the thought of breastfeeding a FIVE YEAR OLD… wtf?!!! They’re at school? Jesus Christ.. #ThisMorning
— Sophie Streeton (@Sophiestreeton) November 2, 2017
#thismorning Why breast feed a 5 year old when they can go to the fridge and get a fucking drink themselves? 😂😂😂
— Mama Danton (@LieleighJay_xo) November 2, 2017
Go Sophie!!!!! I'm mum to 5 bf babies and I will stop when they choose to stop. Good work mummy xx
— Sarah Louise stone (@SarahLouisesto3) November 5, 2017
Who has the right to pass judgement on another mother! We should stick together not drag each other down! It’s a hard enough job as it is!
— Mel nicol (@melnicol83) November 5, 2017