HOT TOPIC: HOW OLD IS TOO OLD FOR BREASTFEEDING?
Mimi Faust received quite a bit of backlash after revealing that she nursed her daughter, Eva, until she was three years old on the latest episode of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.’ Although the general public can appreciate any mother who cares for her child, many believed that 3-years-old was too old for a child to still receive breast milk from mom.
In a recent response to all of the criticism, Mimi told VH1 that Eva did not begin eating solid food until after she turned 3-years-old. “My daughter wouldn’t eat, all she wanted was breast milk,” said Faust. “She was really adamant about not eating baby food, she just wanted breast milk. I wish I would have brought my Flip Cam, I have video of when I tried to feed her baby food. She was like ‘Nope, I’m not eating that!’ But when she grew in teeth and was, you know, asking for it, I said enough is enough.”
Mimi is not the only mother who has breastfed her child beyond the public’s expected months of nursing. Lynn Stuckey of Illinois recently spoke out about her decision to continue breastfeeding her son at 8-years-old saying, “Kyle is my only son and he’s very important to me … and he’s going to be allowed to nurse until he decides to finish weaning himself.”
What do you think? Is eight or even three years old too old for nursing? What is an appropriate age for a mother to wean her child off of breast milk?