TIME magazine has really done it now. It has shocked the world with a photo of a woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. The internet is in an uproar over the photo, which will be on the cover of the May 21st issue of Time Magazine.
People already feel uncomfortable when they see a woman breastfeeding her baby in public, so to see a child well past the toddler age feeding off their mother makes people extra squeamish.
What is a good age to wean a child off the breast? Some mothers will tell you that once they grow teeth (Ouch!), it’s time to stop. Most children grow teeth around six months old. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for a whole year, so it is possible to breastfeed a child with teeth.If your baby is nursing properly, you shouldn’t feel their teeth, even if they have a whole mouthful of them.
So why should you stop breastfeeding after only a year? Breast milk continues to offer nutrition to a child even past the one year mark, so it isn’t a pointless act. Should women wean their children earlier than they feel ready to just because our society has a problem with it?
Check out the photo, and read more about it at Fox News Latino, and see how you feel about it.