Denise Sumpter isn’t your typical mom. In fact, she recently defended her decision to continue breastfeeding her seven-year-old daughter and two-year-old son!
“Breastfeeding a seven-year-old is very different than breastfeeding a newborn or a child of one or two or three or four,” the mom explained during an appearance on Sky News. “When you don’t forcibly wean your child, it’s a very gradual, slow thing.”
— Denise Sumpter 🔥 (@LactoClassicist) January 28, 2015
Sumpter went on to clarify that her daughter, Belle, doesn’t breastfeed at every meal. “[She] may ask for milk once a week, she may ask twice a day. It’s just a relaxing thing you do,” she shared.
Dr. Monah Mansoori, who appeared alongside Sumpter for the segment, said that the choice to breastfeed for so long is certainly “unusual,” but that there’s nothing medically wrong with it.
“There are so many health benefits both for [the mom] and [the child],” the doctor concluded.
Sumpter breastfeeding her daughter and son.
Sumpter added, “You can’t replace breastfeeding with something to eat or something to drink because when you breastfeed your child, you’re giving them immuno-benefits, you’re giving them oxytocin, you’re giving them bonding, you’re giving them proven psychological benefits.”
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