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A mum has defended her decision to continue breastfeeding her son beyond the ‘normal’ timeframe.
Typically, new mums breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of their life before bringing in solid food. Breast milk is typically phased out by the time the child is two years old.
But Lauren Mcleod from Perth, Australia, is still breastfeeding her son Bowie at five years old.
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The 29-year-old is open and honest about her parenting style on Instagram and is working to remove the stigma surrounding breastfeeding.
But Laura, who works as a doula says she has been labelled as 'sick' and an 'abuser' for breastfeeding her son Bowie.
The mum of two says she has handed over the decision to stop breastfeeding to her son, and Bowie hasn’t asked to stop yet.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, she explained: 'I've been very fortunate to have had a relatively smooth breastfeeding journey with minimal issues along the way, and the benefits outweigh any tough times.
“My children and I have a beautiful bond, and I'm so grateful to be able to support their growing bodies and brains with my breastmilk, as well as providing that comfort and safety they feel while breastfeeding.”
One of the mum’s Instagram posts included a photo of her breastfeeding Bowie, five and her daughter Tigerlily, two.
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On Instagram, she added that as her children have aged, she has 'set boundaries along the way' and now only breastfeeds Bowie at bedtime.
She said the children find comfort in breastfeeding and it also 'soothes them to sleep faster', calms them if they're upset, offers pain relief and supports their immune systems.
But after some backlash, Laura says she has ‘no time for hate’.
“I just don't read the comments sections on social media posts that aren't my own, so I don't see the majority of nasty things that are said about me,” Laura continued.
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Adding that if someone's being negative online, she simply blocks them and deletes the comment.
She said: “At the end of the day, if someone doesn't agree with my choices then that's fine, that's their opinion.
“A lot of the negative opinions people have about breastfeeding are often based on cultural bias and lack of education on the topic, which is part of the reason I share my story – to help people understand that natural term breastfeeding is biologically normal.”
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