Breastfeeding a 3 year old is normal says Anthropologists

Why do we have issues with something that is normal – a woman feeding her baby? What about that that makes us feel uncomfortable?  Is it more your problem than that of the woman and her baby.

For me nursing a baby is natural. If there is still milk in one’s breast enough to feed her baby then why go out and buy unnatural cow’s milk for a baby. That don’t make sense to me. But we live in a  world of contradictions so I am not surprised that the new york times made a front page news of this in a negative way, not in a good way.

It has to be a perverted mind that would think a child suckling on his mother’s breast would think he is having sex with his mother.  What projections are these lurid minds  dumping on an innocent child.  Breasts were made for children not for bloody grown men.  If men want to still be sucking breasts find your own mothers please!

Though some online are calling it “perverted” and “dangerous” to nurse a 3-year-old, “It’s normal for our species. It’s not perverted; it’s not sex; it’s not women doing it for some perverse need. It’s normal like a nine-month pregnancy is normal,” says Katherine Dettwyler, a professor of anthropology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.

Dettwyler has published numerous studies on breast-feeding and found that most children around the world are breast-fed for three to five years or longer.

That’s a sharp contrast with babies in the United States. Numbers for 2011 show that about three-quarters of American babies are breast-fed at birth. By 6 months old, 44% are still being breast-fed and by 12 months just 24% are, says Laurence Grummer-Strawn, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nutrition branch.

The number of moms who breast-feed two years and beyond in the United States isn’t known because the data come from a survey done of 18-month-old babies. But Ruby Roy, a pediatrician at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Ill., says it’s more common than might be believed, moms are just hiding it.

“There’s so much negative social attitude that we just can’t know,” Roy says. “But I have had many women in my practice tell me that they are breast-feeding to two or three years. They’re doing a night nursing before the baby goes to bed, or in the morning — but they’re not going to tell anyone.”

The World Health Organization recommends breast-feeding “up to two years of age or beyond.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “babies should continue to breast-feed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby.”

When Dettwyler studied 1,280 U.S. children whose mothers nursed them for more than three years, she found they were “perfectly fine and they didn’t need therapy and they didn’t think they were having sex with their mothers.”


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