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Breast Feeding An 8-Year-Old

Updated on May 19, 2012

Last evening while browsing about the internet to get topic ideas for some new articles I came across the story of Jamie Grumet, the mother of a 3-year-old that was recently featured on the cover of Time Magazine as part of a story about breast feeding children. While these types of circumstances come as a bit of an oddity to many people including myself, the fact of the matter is that parenting in general is a largely personal matter that enables great leeway as to diversity in thought and style. It is most commonly accepted that so long as no physical or psychological harm comes to a child the art of parenting is a concept that has no steadfast rules, for the most part parents are free to raise their children as they see fit.

From a purely psychological perspective it is believed in some quarters that breast feeding children until they are a bit older allows children to assume a greater feeling of security, helping to form a closer bond with their mother through physical contact. While there is much room for discussion as to the validity of this among academics, quite a few embrace the posture that a child breast fed until an older age will flourish intellectually and possess a higher IQ as an adult. While this is all (no pun intended) food for thought, there are those in society that seem to take ideological theories that can be teetering on the line of common sense and push them from great heights to a idiotic existence in the wasteland far below.

This brings us to the case of Veronica Robinson, a mother of two daughters living in Cambria along with her husband of 9 years. Ms. Robinson breast fed her eldest daughter Bethany until the age of 5, and is currently breast feeding her nearly 8-year-old daughter Elisa. The children enjoy drawing pictures of their mother's breasts and have gone so far as to create nicknames for them. According to Ms. Robinson the children "feel as though they own them" and are basically free to breast feed at will. This mother implies that the breast feeding cannot and will not go on indefinitely, and implies that once the children leave home all of this will cease. The interview was part of a documentary posted in several parts on YouTube - it can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxv6R9fUO74

As stated earlier there is a wide berth granted to parents in terms of what is deemed acceptable within society and permitted by law, but surely there has to be a majority of the populace that is in disagreement with Ms. Robinson's views on parenting - at least in this portion of the task. One can only wonder what message is being sent to a young and impressionable mind that allows and encourages any individual unimpeded access to the physical being of another human at will. I personally can't wait to hear the views of others on this, at least to me, troubling display.

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    • Lalmani Tiwari profile image

      Lalmani Tiwari 

      5 years ago from Allahabad, India

      Weaning is as much important as breast feeding. But if a child has some problems of mind, weaning should be long and more carefully exercised.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      In my humble opinion, the woman in this article is in dire need of counseling, and chances are her kids will be lifelong consumers of mental health services. If her kids are naming her breasts and drawing picture now, wait 20 years and you'll really see some deviant behaviors.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      In my humble opinion, the woman in this article is in dire need of counseling, and chances are her kids will be lifelong consumers of mental health services. If her kids are naming her breasts and drawing picture now, wait 20 years and you'll really see some deviant behaviors.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I agree with you that "in general is a largely personal matter that enables great leeway." I am a strong advocate for breastfeeding and while I can see how the mother that you mention can seem "shocking" I can't help but have more concern about the possibility of neglect and abuse of a child and how that will always be more damaging to a child than the natural process of breastfeeding, even at a later age. So what if the kids draw pictures?

      Nice article and well written!

      Tracy

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Wow. I find this disturbing and creepy. So she's going to breast feed the girl until she's 18 and leaves home? I think you make a good point about the unimpeded access to another person's physical being.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for your comments. I know I'm getting older and am probably "out of touch" with what is acceptable these days, but this story just blew my mind at the cavalier attitude this woman takes toward what is a life altering proposition for her children.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I'm amazed at what choices people make. Thanks for sharing. Kelley

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      Barbara Bethard 

      6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      To me, this is very disturbing to say the least.

      Does this woman have no idea of the moral responsibilty required for parenting?

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