Breastfeeding can be a natural and beautiful thing between a mother and baby. But can it become controversial? If it is possible to create controversy over breastfeeding this mom from the U.K. has figured out a way.
Sophie Mei Lan who nurses her daughters, ages 5 and 2, appeared on U.K.’s This Morning and explained it helps manage her depression. Mei Lan plans to continue the breastfeeding until her daughters are 7-years-old.
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She explains how it helps her depression, “Sometimes I can zone out and be in my own little episode,” the 29-year-old revealed, “But when I’m feeding my babies it anchors me and I focus on them.”
Her husband, Chris Hale, isn’t gung-ho for the idea of breastfeeding children to such an older age.
“It’s caused a bit of friction in my relationship. Chris would like me to stop because it’s so tiring,” says Mei Lan. “We do argue about it, but we know breast milk is one of the healthiest things we can give our children.”
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The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recommends mothers breastfeed until three years of age. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers should breastfeed “at least until one year of age and then as long as baby and mother mutually want to.”
“From the start of my breastfeeding people would ask when I’d stop,” Mei Lan explains. “As mammals, we feed from five to seven years old until they get their molars and can’t latch on. I think it’s weirder we drink cows breast milk instead of our own.”
Mei Lan admits she “would like to stop eventually because sometimes it gets too much.” But her daughters are showing no signs of wanting to give up her milk.