Mom Breastfeeds Her 6-Year-Old 'Anytime & Anywhere' -- Even in Magazine Spread

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A mom is getting a ton of attention for breastfeeding her 6-year-old daughter. Maha Al Musa, 52, says she won't stop until her daughter is ready, which she predicts will happen around age 8. Until then, though, her daughter can nurse anytime and anywhere she wants.

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"She says to me, 'Mummy milkie,'" Maha explains. "I could be in the middle of doing something or talking and it’s so natural to us, we don’t make a big deal of it."

When asked why she believes in extended breastfeeding, Maha can cite a litany of reasons, from the health benefits of breast milk to how nursing allows her daughter to act on "natural desires." After all, Maha points out, the "normal" age when kids self wean is 4 to 8 years old.

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Maha, a breastfeeding advocate, has been featured breastfeeding in a Discovery Channel documentary and in the Australian magazine Woman's Day. She also openly posts pics of her nursing her daughter on Facebook, like this one below:

Maha also urges others to stop judging, and to just let child and mother choose what's best for them.

As a mom who breastfed until my child was 2 1/2, I endured so much joking at my expense ("when are you gonna stop, when she's in college?"). Heck, even my husband was worried I was "infantalizing" her and that nursing this long would mess with our daughter's head. And my daughter was only 2 1/2! So, I can't imagine what it must be like to nursing a 6-year-old. It must be rough.

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And that's why I admire how this mom is so open and unapologetic about her extended breastfeeding. Because there truly are a ton of benefits to extended breastfeeding! Studies show that breastfed toddlers are healthier, smarter, more developed socially, even easier to discipline.

Yet in spite of these benefits, extended breastfeeding still comes with a stigma that man moms find hard to shake. In fact, Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding reported that embarrassment remains a formidable barrier to breastfeeding kids of any age -- and the older the child, the stronger that stigma gets!

While I'm sure Maha has endured some criticism, she's also rallied a ton of support behind her, online and otherwise, with Facebook commentators saying, "Breastfeeding a toddler is absolutely wonderful and so natural!" 

I'm so glad that there are moms like this out there, as well as others who cheer her on. The more this happens, the less stigma moms will feel nursing older kids. It's time to stop hiding.

How do you feel about moms who breastfeeding kids as old as 6?

 

Image via Maha Al Musa/Facebook

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