Mum shares videos to encourage other women to consider breastfeeding older children.


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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  • I believe it’s up to the mother if she wants to keep breastfeeding but I don’t believe at that age it should be done while other people are eating. Do it more discreetly the older the child.


  • Oh my word this is so wrong! Breast feeding is not a sexual thing, I can happily say that I am a strong advocate for breast feeding and breast fed my children until they were almost 1. Both of my kids were starting to lose interest in the breast at that age anyway and I would have had to encourage it if I was to keep them going.
    This brings to mind the ‘bittie’ skit from Little Britain where you ended up having the grown man introducing his girlfriend to his mother and then breast feeding in front of her. It is not natural. Animals ween their babies at suitable ages so I fail to see why some people find it necessary to not only do this but make such a public affair of it.
    In my opinion, people who feel the need to breast feed to such an advanced age are doing so for their own insecurities and not for any benefit of the child. It is because they enjoy it and would miss it too much if they gave it up- news flash: find a new hobbie! There are so many other nice ways to spend warm and loving time with your child that won’t be emotionally damaging to them as they get older.


  • Each to their own. I believe that once a child is a certain age they only need one type of milk, and that once they’re fully eating food they should be getting enough nutrition without breast milk. I just personally have an issue with a child running around, playing with his friends, then running to mum for booby. It just doesn’t look right to me. That’s only my opinion though, and this woman is obviously in a community where this is supported and normal.


  • I breastfed my son till he was 5, at that point only once a day before bed.


  • I wouldn’t be able to do it till that age. One year and one week. I didn’t see any more benefits in breastfeeding longer than that.


  • At that age they only need any type of milk once a day.
    Too much can do as much damage as good. Kidney stones are sometimes by the consumption of too much milk. I know somebody who suffered from the issue and needed surgery.


  • Each to their own but I don’t agree at this age.


  • It’s up to the child and mother. If you can cope, then why not?


  • I breastfed my daughter until she was almost 2. It was getting a little bit embarrassing as my daughter could talk and had teeth. If this mum is not embarrassed, good on her!


  • Breastfeeding is good but not for this age


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