The other day, I saw a a mother and child playing in the park , when after 30 minutes of reading my morning newspaper, she sat across from me about 20 yards on another park bench and the her son –who I assume was about 3 years old maybe 2 years minimum sat beside her unbuttoned her blouse and she helped him to breast feed. SHOCKED! I had never seen this here in America , I had read about Swedish mothers breast feeding their kids even up to age 4. But for me, I put the age maximum limit [culturally speaking] should be 1 year or 1 year and a half..but Christ ! as soon as your kid starts speaking! Speaking real thoughts, I think it’s time to stop breast feeding.
I admit , we Americans had a morality issue with seeing a woman breast feed in public…on a subconscious level, we might be thinking that the “intimate” relationship between mother and child is sacred enough to have boundaries after a child reaches a certain age…at which point seeing a mother breast feed a walking and talking child appears to weird us out, if not downright make us feel we are witnessing something along the lines of amoral pleasure that the child and or the mother is receiving “pleasure” from the act of breast feeding. You can read more about this from another article I found on the internet , so, read more here. I had to think about this for a long time before writing to Nurse Betty about this. I had to sit down with a few Martinis and soften up my close friends to talk about women’s breast feeding….not a real manly topic you introduce among your circle of football loving, bare-knuckle, sandbag punching construction worker friends. But this how I popped the topic last Monday night football meet up.. all my bro’s know my wife got breast implants so I talked about breast feeding as if my wife had brought up the topic with me first….about breast feeding after pregnancy because we are planning to have another baby . Actually, it was a scenario my friends had witnessed at different points in their own lives. For example one friend—my best friend, has a sister that breast fed her daughter up to age 3!
And my other friend admitted that his own mother told him he was breast fed up to age 4 because he had a sickness when he was younger that left his immune system so weak. So, I guess there are some health benefits to being breast fed beyond the “baby” range of 1 year. My third friend at the end of the beer induced conversation [ not that beer is some sort of truth syrum ] but he admitted that he even tasted some of his wife’s breast milk out of pure curiosity and claimed it tasted thick and sweet….strange he never told me before, and even stranger why I never experimented and tasted my wife’s breast milk when we had our first child. I guess I’ll have to wait until she is pregnant again to find out for myself.