Breastfeeding has been considered a controversial subject for decades with so many expressing such strong opinions on something that is possibly one of the most natural things in the world.
Everyone seems to jump on board when it comes to those feeding in public or those moms who want to feed their kids longer than is “socially acceptable.” However each mother of a newborn is different so once mother and baby are happy thats all that should matter.
Miira Dawson, a science researcher turned full-time mother, says that while other parents may raise eyebrows at her decision, the benefits of extended breastfeeding are scientifically proven.
Unfortunately she caused quite a stir when she shared with the public that she wanted to feed her two kids until they were 10 years old, because it will make them more clever.
Mrs Dawson, who also has a two-year-old son called Ray Lee, nurses both children three times a day and shares a bed with them.
Miira says her goal was to carry on breastfeeding both her 5-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old son until they reached their tenth birthdays.
“I think it is a lovely thing for a baby to grow up and remember being breastfed, as not many people would be able to say this,” she said in an interview. “Plus, there are all of the health and IQ benefits.”
Miira also co-sleeps with her son and daughter, while her husband Jim sleeps in another bedroom. He admits to feeling left out and the breastfeeding has put a strain on their relationship. ‘I had little choice in the matter of encouraging Miira to breastfeed as there was never an alternative other than to support her,‘ he says.
The health benefits for feeding your children longer than most are endorsed by the World Health Organisation and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
A report endorsed by the AAFP says the natural weaning age for humans is anywhere between 2 and 7 years-old. Breastfeeding past infancy and even into toddlerhood has been shown to decrease breast cancer in the child later in life along with giving the child continued protection against contracting illnesses.
Mrs Dawson, who is originally from Finland, has no doubts and says the benefits than outweigh the downsides.
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