Mother is aware of finest — and these moms say breast milk is the perfect milk for their school-age kids.
“My daughter Piper will be 7 years old in November and I breastfeed her twice a day or whenever she says she needs it,” prolonged breastfeeding advocate Kim Summer, 40, advised The Post.
“At bedtime, she’ll say, ‘Can I have boo boo?’ and I give it to her,” the lactation specialist and beginning doula added. “It’s a special bonding time for us that’s comforting, reciprocal and organic.”
Coco Austin, 42, spouse of “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T, 63, lately defended her decision to continue breastfeeding their 5-year-old daughter Chanel.
“Chanel still likes my boobs,” the busty mannequin advised US Weekly forward of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1 to Aug. 7).
“Why take that away from her?” she continued. “If she doesn’t want it, alright, that’s where you stop it. But I’m not just going to say no.”
Austin’s milk-fueled admission sparked a firestorm of controversy on social media.
Extended breastfeeding attackers have deemed the previous Playboy pinup “sick” and “perverted” — criticisms Summer has additionally endured.
“I get a lot of really insane hate online,” the Santa Barbara, Calif., native stated.
She unashamedly shares pictures of herself breastfeeding Piper on Instagram to be able to normalize long-term nursing.
“People tell me I should die, I’m gross and that Child Protective Services should take my baby away from me,” Summer stated.
But she’s empowered, reasonably than deterred, by the detractors.
“I’m going to keep sharing our breastfeeding pictures because it’s important that people learn to become comfortable around seeing mothers nursing an older child,” she insisted — noting that along with breast milk, Piper enjoys a “well-rounded diet” of fruits, greens and her favourite snack, cheese enchiladas.
“It supports her physical, emotional and mental health,” Summer added. “And I’m going to do whatever I need to as a mom to make sure she stays healthy.”
Women like Summer make up the lower than 2% of American moms who breastfeed beyond 24 months, per analysis within the Developmental Psychology journal.
Jada Shapiro, founding father of Brooklyn-based lactation training platform Boober, says breastfeeding past infancy and toddlerhood might be helpful to each the mom and youngster.
“Research shows that children who are breastfed for a longer length of time are at a reduced risk for developing respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes and some childhood cancers,” stated Shapiro, citing a research from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“The World Health Organization also found that women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers,” she added.
Then there are the emotional perks.
“When we’re breastfeeding, oxytocin, which is sometimes called the ‘love’ hormone, is released from the mother and child and that bonds us closer together,” Shapiro continued. “So prolonging your breastfeeding experience with your child beyond the 6- to 12-month-old marks only extends that bond.”
Upper East Side mom of 5 boys Marisa Mayer says breastfeeding her two youngest sons till they had been 5 and 6 years previous, respectively, helped solidify their mother-and-child relationship.
“I’m close with all my children,” stated Mayer, 45, who’s volunteered as a lactation help chief with the La Leche League of Manhattan for 13 years.
The worldwide group helps moms navigate the varied intricacies of breastfeeding.
“And I’m very close to my two youngest, who are now 13 and 10, and we developed that special relationship over a longer period of time through breastfeeding,” Mayer added.
She credit prolonged breastfeeding with making her boys emotionally robust and confident preteens.
“They’re very confident and they’re able to express themselves [freely] because they grew up in this safe and comforting space we’ve created with this type of bonding,” she stated.
Mayer says in depth nursing has been essentially the most rewarding parenting feat.
“Breastfeeding my kids for as long as we needed to was a beautiful experience,” she stated. “It’s my life’s greatest accomplishment.”