One mom says she's continuing to breastfeed her 5-year-old daughter because it helps manage her depression.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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