January 31, 2020

Why would anyone want to breastfeed a toddler?

Joanne Wishart

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PoetryOne more sook, 2020

I wrote this piece while lazily feeding my daughter one morning. It reflects the the experience we go through each day as part of our reconnection in a busy world. Breastfeeding divides opinions in Scotland for some unknown reason, with people feeling is it acceptable to comment on a mother’s choice or ability to feed or not to feed. For those of us who are lucky and able to feed into toddlerhood we should not feel shunned or ashamed. It is between mother and child, and them alone. It is important people realise how destructive and hurtful their comments on breastfeeding can be to both mother and older child. In a world where breastfeeding into toddlerhood is the norm in so many cultures we need to look to those places for inspiration and courage that what we are doing is normal and right for us and our babies.