Last week’s flap about the Time Magazine story on extended breastfeeding and the “mom enough” question may have died down, but that doesn’t mean the issues explored there have gone away.
There are still plenty of mothers who breastfeed their babies long past the 1-year mark recommended by experts – and Alanis Morrisette is proud to be among their ranks.
She recently told Access Hollywood that she’s still nursing her son, Ever, who at 16 months is old enough to switch to regular milk. “I breastfeed and I’ll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans,” she says.
Morrisette, like fellow celebs Soleil Moon Frye and Alicia Silverstone, is a practitioner of the attachment parenting philosophy that children should set their own pace when it comes to breastfeeding and sleeping alone.
No one denies that breastfeeding (for those who choose it) is a wonderful thing for babies. But where eyes may start rolling is Morrisette’s belief that extended nursing will do more than just boost his immune system.
“I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to,” she declares. “For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment.”
So is she saying that kids who are weaned too early – or who go formula all the way – are doomed to spend years on the couch? Would Ever really lose his sense of love and trust if the milk bar were closed tomorrow?
For some reason, that scene from Raising Arizona keeps coming to mind – the one where the two escaped convicts chide Holly Hunter for bottle-feeding the baby she abducted.
“Ma’am, you don’t breastfeed him, he’ll hate you for it later. That’s why we ended up in prison,” says Evelle.
“Anyway, that’s what Doc Schwartz tells us,” says his buddy Gale.
So what do you think? Does weaning a child too early mean a one-way trip to Screwed-Up-Ville?
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