I never thought I would be the mother who breastfed her child until they were in elementary school, but here I am. And I have zero shame or apologies about it. In fact, I am quite proud.
My son is 9 years old and has been breastfed since birth. It was never a question of whether or not I would breastfeed, it was always a given. I knew the benefits of breastfeeding and I wanted to give my child the best start in life possible.
The bonding that breastfeeding provides is unlike anything else. It is a special, intimate bond that only a mother and child can share. And my son and I have always been very close. He is my best friend and I love him more than anything in this world.
I know that some people may think I am weird or that I am sexualizing my son by continuing to breastfeed him, but that could not be further from the truth. I see breastfeeding as the most natural and pure thing in the world. It is the way we were designed to nourish our young.
My son is a happy and healthy boy. He is smart, kind, and full of life. I credit much of his success in life to the fact that he was breastfed for so long. Breast milk is full of nutrients and antibodies that help boost a child’s immune system and brain development.
I know that there will come a day when my son will no longer want to breastfeed. And that’s okay. I am prepared for that day. But until then, I will continue to breastfeed my son and give him the best nourishment possible. I will never apologize for that.