Mom Shamed Online for Breastfeeding Her 5-Year-Old Son | 22 Words

A mom has divided opinions this week after revealing that she still breastfeeds her 5-year-old son.

Here's the full story...

Now, breastfeeding is one of the most natural things that we parents can do for our children...

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Because it provides them with the nutrients and vitamins that they so desperately need in their early years.

Women have become more and more open about breastfeeding over the last few years...

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And no longer is it as stigmatized as it was a few decades ago when women were literally shamed for breastfeeding their child in public.

However, it has been proven that children only need to be breastfed in their first 2 years.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months and continued breastfeeding for 1 year or longer.

But some mothers prefer to continue breastfeeding after 2 years...

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Which is fine - every mother and child has their own unique journey.

But how old is too old?

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​The debate has raged on for years, with the general consensus being that, as soon as a child is able to consume solid food, it's time for the breast to take a back seat.

​But some mothers are happy to continue with the feeding routine even after solid foods are introduced...

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Riona O'Connor being one of them.

Riona, from the United Kingdom, is a mom to 2 healthy boys aged 5 and 1.

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But she has faced a huge amount of backlash for her somewhat controversial breastfeeding habits...

Because she still breastfeeds her 5-year-old son.

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Writing on Facebook, she explained:

"It was never my intention to breastfeed this long, nor did I have an end date in mind. It's just happened this way and I'm so happy that it did."

Well, opinions are seriously divided.

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On one hand, some moms have applauded Riona for continuing to do "what feels right for her son."

However, many others have branded her decision as "wrong"...

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And as a mere attempt to gain a bit of viral attention.

Riona, who runs the popular parenting Facebook page, Riona – The Unnatural Woman, has defended her decision.

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Captioning a photo of her breastfeeding her 5-year-old, she explained:

"He's 5, taking his time, slowly weaning and I'm ok with that. I never set out to breastfeed for any length of time."

"I didn't make a decision to stop or not to stop, I had never heard of extended breastfeeding or natural term weaning, it's just turned out that way."

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"I'm going with the flow and following my kids' lead. I'm currently happily on this journey with a 5 and almost 2-year-old. It might not be something you hear about often but it is not unusual, odd, or weird."

She still insists that breastfeeding her 5-year-old is "normal."

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"I talk to women all over the world who have discovered natural term weaning by accident like I have, and those who always intended it that way. It's time to remove the stigma and realize that breastfeeding, whatever it looks like, is normal."

What do you think?

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Is 5-years-old really too old to still be breastfeeding? Or should we mind our damned business?