Mum shares videos to encourage other women to consider breastfeeding older children.
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Sophie Emma Rose, 40, said her mission is to ‘normalise breastfeeding older kids’ and ‘wanted to expose it until it becomes part of normal reality’, shares The Daily Mail.
‘I want other mothers to feel confident about feeding older children’, she said on her youtube channel.
‘I also want mothers to not feel shame and to feel they could do it wherever they want and have no negative comments or fear.’
She said: ‘Breastfeeding older children is so important. As well as the nutritional value of breast milk, you also let your child know in a very physical way that you are there for them. It’s about the comfort and emotional connection.
‘When I look at some of the negative comments on my channel, I’m amazed that some people still feel strongly about how wrong it is to breastfeed a child and share that over YouTube. But I’m going to continue uploading videos.
‘I think the work I’m doing affirms other mums who want to breastfeed older kids or babies. I feel the act of me breastfeeding without shame on YouTube sends the message out that it is OK.
‘Whilst most of my friends think it’s ordinary to breastfeed older kids, other people in the world think breastfeeding is crazy, exhibitionism, porn, shocking and ridiculous.
‘I want to work with that schism and bring breastfeeding more into the public eye through my videos.’
She added: ‘We have been conditioned in western culture to see breasts as a sexual part of the body, so you see it as sexual when really it’s not sexually intimacy at all. I don’t feel sexual pleasure when Shaye feeds, it’s a nice sensation but not a sexual act.’
‘As a child, I wasn’t breastfed and was given my own room fairly early on. My parents did their best but they weren’t aware of the things we’re aware of now in psychology.
‘Attachment parenting is about treating a child with dignity and respect and meeting their emotional needs fully. Practices like co-sleeping and breastfeeding make a child feel close and reassured.
‘I’ll breastfeed Shaye for as long as he wants it – that is the goal. I know that breastfeeding does end – children eventually lose the latch and are not physically able to breastfeed past the age of about seven or eight years old.
‘I have no fears that I’m going to be feeding Shaye at eighteen years old when he’s at university!’
‘Shaye’s diet is very healthy and we follow a high-raw vegan diet.
‘For breakfast and lunch, he’ll have fruit something like a watermelon followed by a mango and banana smoothie. And he can have as many fruits as he wants all through the day.
‘Whilst for dinner, he might have something cooked for example, a curry with rice or potatoes with corn and beans. Or he might have a salad.
‘He likes to take lettuce leaves and wrap them up with tomato, hemp seeds and avocado in.’
‘I hear the concerns but what I want to address is the ease that people accept this bullying exists as though they are powerless against it.
‘My question to the people who say Shaye may get bullied…would you accept a situation if your child was getting bullied? Would you continue sending them to same school or do something about it?
‘I would not want my child to attend any place where bullying was going on…if I found he was being bullied I would seek a solution or take him out of the club or class where he was getting bullied. I do not have unsafe people in my life.
‘I would work with what was happening at the time not some vague fear in the future. Nothing is more important than my child being safe.’
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