Ad Showing Breastfeeding Toddler Is Step in the Right Direction (PHOTO)

breastfeedingA Canadian health advocacy agency has taken a crack at normalizing extended breastfeeding with, you guessed it, a picture. The poster, which features a mother nursing her young toddler, along with the caption "Breastfeeding isn't just for newborns," is making its rounds on the Internet, and so far, so good as far as the reaction is concerned.

Unlike, you know, that other famous extended breastfeeding photo.

I personally have no problems whatsoever with moms nursing their children into toddlerhood. But I'm a mother, myself; I nursed my daughter (not into toddlerhood); I work at a parenting website; and, well, boobs just don't freak me out very much. Also, I really don't care that much about what other people do. That said, I can totally understand why people were freaked out by the Time magazine cover. A) It wasn't very realistic, and B) it was so in your face. A good portion of the world needs to be eased into extended breastfeeding. Hell, a good portion of the world needs to be eased into public breastfeeding in general. Although many of us don't have a problem with moms nursing their babies or toddlers, there still are people who do. And when those people are presented with an image as "shocking" as the Time cover, it isn't going to help normalize breastfeeding. In fact, it'll probably just do the opposite and then cause a battle royale on the Internet. People don't like baptism by fire; they prefer to be eased into things. 

That's why this poster is perfect. Not only is it realistic, it's just ... nice. I'm sure there are people out there who will disagree with me, but I personally find it hard to look at this photo and not smile. It's just a mom cradling her baby (who isn't standing on a chair) and feeding him. It's sweet. And it's exactly the kind of photo people freaked out by extended breastfeeding should see.

What do you think of this?

 

Image via Healthy Canadians/Facebook

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ktobin2 ktobin2

Haha it's like on grownups when his son is being breastfed..."how old is he????" ".......48 months....." Haha, there is a time to quit breastfeeding and I think three and four, even two and a half is too old. That's just my opinion.

adamat34 adamat34

We havent hit our boobs out quota for today????

This is like beating a dead horse

Jacee... Jacee2348

When the child has teeth, it's time to pump.  There's just no need for a walking, talking, biting little human to latch onto the boob - the benefits are reaped simply by getting the mom's milk - which can be pumped and given to the child in a bottle or sippie cup.  JUST MY OPINION! I'm a woman, with boobs and kids, and I still feel no need to see other women's boobs hanging out whether feeding a child or not.  If breastfeeding in public must be done, I think women should be discreet at the very least.  Nobody should have to resort to feeding their child in the bathroom or a dark corner, but a little discretion can go a long way toward people accepting public breastfeeding.  Again, just my opinion whether you agree or disagree..... 

nonmember avatar ClassyGurl

Women that think it is "ok" to breast feed a child when they are old enough to eat table food are obviously having problems allowing their child to grow up. Where do you think the saying "grow up & get off your mothers teet" came from? It isn't the child, it is the mother, who is probably an over bearing, smothering mom. If it was about the health benefits, you can PUMP & put it in a sippie cup. Children should be off the bottle AND breast by age 3. They are perfectly capable of drinking from a cup at that age. A smothering mother is hindering her child from maturing emotionally. And women that cannot be discreet in public when breastfeeding even a new born are only doing it for attention.

AliPa... AliParker

This women of this site love to bash on other people but I'll add my opinion anyway. I think extended breastfeeding is gross. When your kids can put your boob into its mouth it's time to stop. Pump, if you really can't help but to put your breasts liquids into your child. A toddler should not be running up to mommy asking for a tit to suck on.

etcet... etcettera

I agree that this is a sweet picture and is not so in your face as others I have seen. I think that this toddler is no where near too old to be breastfeeding, and the baby looks to be under 2 (which negates a lot of these commenters talking about 3 year olds breastfeeding). Anyhow, I am still nursing my 15 month old once a day (just at bedtime). She will not take any form of milk in a cup or a bottle, breast or soy or cow or anything else I have tried (and I have tried just about everything). I tried to wean her off this last feeding, and she cried and cried and pointed to her chair where we nurse. I decided that she needs to have milk until she's at least 2, and that there is nothing wrong with me continuing to nurse her to make sure that she gets the fats and nutrients that she refuses from any other source. What's the big deal? Even the AAP recommends breastfeeding until at least age 2. Why are you all so afraid of breasts?

Smoke... Smokeygirl

Wow. My son is 10 months old, has teeth, eats table food and can "put my boob in his mouth" I guess he should have stopped at 3 months old? I nurse discreetly and am not a "lactivist" by any means, but all these comments are ignorant and disheartening. FYI "just pump" is not as easy as you make it sound.

Movie... Moviebuff

Pumping isn't that hard quit acting like it is.

Allison Appleby

Pumping is annoying, and a pain in the butt. My body wasn't designed for pumping. So the $200 pump i bought went to waste. It was just easier to get it straight from the source. I tried everything to make that pump work, so yes it can be that hard if your nipples aren't made for it.

BeccaLS BeccaLS

With the exception of children in third world countries, I'm pretty sure no child older than two needs to be breastfed. In third world countries it makes sense - less food to go around so it's a necessary thing for the children to be able to get all the nutrients they need to survive - but if you have food and they can eat it, why breastfeed?


I'm not bashing here, it just doesn't make much sense to me.

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