Mother of two Mayim Bialik has some interesting ideas about parenting. She is still breastfeeding her younger son Frederick, 2 1/2, and sees no reason to discontinue doing so. The actress best known for her role in Blossom also breastfed her firstborn son Miles, 5, until he was a toddler of 26 months.
In an article she wrote for Kveller she says that her son “nurses every 3-5 hours during the day and 4-7 times a night.” This would reduce most of us to weepy self-pity and an appointment with a family therapist, but Mayim is not daunted.
I have not slept more than 4 hours in almost 6 years. My son, however, is healthy, happy, and independent, and I see no reason to wean him. I believe that children outgrow the need to nurse just as they outgrow the need to crawl, poop in a diaper, or the need for holding and cuddling when they are scared or lonely.”
She firmly believes that breastfeeding is “normal, healthy, nutritionally, immunologically, and psychologically beneficial, and in all primates, nursing continues well into ‘toddlerhood.’”
Her opinions are well based in fact and research and with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience as well as a recent certification as a Lactation Educator/Counselor she knows what she is talking about. However, it takes all of her knowledge and commitment to help her stand against popular opinion.
Most everyone in my family thinks this party should have been shut down yesterday,” she says, “I have a lot of research, support, and education on my side, and most of what they have – with all due respect- is uninformed hunches, personal uncomfortableness with nursing, and just plan old “I didn’t do that, so why are you?” reasoning. Most of my close friends in our community nursed their kids into the toddler years.”
On the question of when it is time to stop breastfeeding Frederick she is not sure, “I don’t know. Hopefully by the time he’s 3. I can’t imagine myself nursing a 3 year old, and I myself see 4 and 5 year olds nursing and I cannot imagine it for me.”
Mayim can see why some people might think it is a little odd to have an older child nursing and goes on to say,
I will admit that nursing a newborn or even a 1 year old is very different from nursing a child in boots and a raincoat. But I struggle to understand why it’s not accepted. Besides the fact that it’s not “typical,” I don’t see that there is anything inherently wrong with it, other than people thinking it’s wrong.”