December 28, 2014 2:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Denise Sumpter of the UK is still breastfeeding daughter Belle, age 6, and says she’ll do so until the daughter asks her to stop.

The Year Two pupil will ask for a feed if she is tired, ill or simply wants some bonding time with her mum.

She might ask a couple of times a day, or maybe just once or twice a week.

Sometimes she feeds on her own, and other times she latches on alongside 18-month-old brother Beau.

And Denise, 44, insists she will continue until Belle decides it is time to stop.

“I’ll feed Belle as long as she asks,” she says. “I don’t know how long that will be. It will be the same with Beau. I don’t think there’s anything weird about it.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to Mom Says She’ll Breastfeed 6-Year-Old As Long As Child Wants

  1. Guy Lauten December 28th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Incredibly lazy and selfish. She’s probably an anti-vaxxer, too.

  2. granpa.usthai December 28th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    nothing unusual about this in some cultures.

    • rg9rts December 28th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      In the UK it isn’t the standard of behaviour

      • granpa.usthai December 28th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        so maybe she’s actually a Scottish lass that doesn’t hold to UK standards being forced down her bra?

    • whatthe46 December 28th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      maybe for those who’s short on other means of feeding their children. maybe.

      • granpa.usthai December 28th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        nope. It’s more of a family bonding ritual. Usually with the more basic cultures that aren’t overly westernized. But it’s also the individual’s choice. Most moms figure the teeth (even baby ones) are more for tearing and chewing thus the ‘weaning’ from breast to bottle to beer cans. [Some people even find extreme pain to be pleasurable].

  3. Carla Akins December 28th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Theoretically I support a woman’s choice to breastfeed as long and anywhere she needs or chooses to. Although I am never bothered by breastfeeding in public, I have a hard time wrapping my head around any 6-year-old that still wants to breastfeed – or should want to.

  4. mea_mark December 28th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    It would seem the longer this goes on, the greater the chance of ending up with dependency issues later in life. Whatever though. Doesn’t really seem like a big deal either.

  5. FrankenPC . December 28th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I admit that I’m a bit jealous of the idea of having a mom that absolutely enjoys bonding with her children even if it means some embarrassment.

    That being said, unless she’s committed to taking care of her children for life, she’s doing them a pretty severe disservice. The world is cold and hard. Those children will hit the streets with absolutely no idea how lonely and disconnected everyone is. Wow. The attachment issues they will be faced with as adults. That’s some serious therapy right there.

  6. rg9rts December 28th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I know they have weaning in GB too

  7. fahvel December 28th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    there’s not another life form on earth that feeds like a baby at that equivalent age!!!!!!!1 Mom’s coocoo.

  8. whatthe46 December 28th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    unless she has another child after the son, how long will she continue to produce? anyone knows, i don’t feel like googling. lol

    • tracey marie December 28th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      she is 44 her time is coming to an end, her hormones will flow and her bresats will stay upright untill she stops nand her milk dries up…her hormones will follow

  9. Denise December 28th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This tells me more about mom than the child. She needs help

  10. R.J. Carter December 28th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I think any time the child enters the age of “self service” it’s time to use a bottle.

  11. Dwendt44 December 28th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Most babies stop breast feeding by 6 months or shortly thereafter. As soon as they can eat regular baby food, that’s it.

    • granpa.usthai December 28th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      somewhere between 4 and 6. I remember well when my son started eating table food. He was at about 6 or 7 months. Usually we set the baby food out and spoon fed him along with the meal. He wasn’t quite coordinated enough to use one himself. Watched me put the spoon in the jar, lift it up to his mouth, backed his head away, looked at the food on the table, back at the spoon, up at me with a weird look like WTF -you eat it, I want what everybody else is enjoying. Sure enough, mashed up the potatoes and gravy real fine and he started eating just like me. He never took to baby food after that unless we mixed it in a plate with whatever we were eating while he watched.

  12. uzza December 28th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    It looks like nobody read the linked article, and just sat down and typed ICK! That was my first reaction, along with “it’s none of my business”, so I looked it up. It turns out she has a lot of good reasons, i.e. less cancer, more immunity, healthier kids and mothers, the American Academy of Family Physicians says a natural weaning age for humans is between two and seven years, baby formula is full of toxic corporate chemicals …
    “Ewww” isn’t much of a rebuttal.