Last week I caught a tweet about extended breastfeeding, and it turns out Mayim Bialik, who played Blossom on TV, wrote the post I Breastfeed My Toddler. Got A Problem With It? on the blog Raising Kvell.
It’s a wonderful article about why she still breastfeeds her little son, now 27 months old. She believes, like me, in child-led weaning, and has no problem telling people off if they don’t agree with her choice — my kind of girl!
My favorite quote:
“There is no respected scientific statistical evidence that children who self-wean are brattier, more spoiled, less independent, less socialized, or less productive in society. To the contrary, studies show that children who self-wean have learned that their needs are important, their development does not proceed according to anyone else’s timetable, and they are confident that love is abundant.”
Mayim also lists four great books to read on the subject, two for kids and two for parents.
Reading the comments, 200+ of them, is even more great education on the subjects. It’s wonderful to see how many moms chimed in, proudly writing that they, too, are breastfeeding a toddler or preschooler. Many left links to more helpful resources.
Over 2670 people “Liked” Mayim’s post on Facebook.
Extended breastfeeding happens more than we think, and I’m so glad that someone in the public eye is an outspoken proponent of it and makes it more acceptable in society. Kelly Rutherford and Salma Hayek are other examples of moms who practice extended breastfeeding.
I’m proudly breastfeeding a preschooler and will be sad when that special time with my son is over.
photo credit Kitty Sanchez and superhoop