52-yr-old still breastfeeding her 6-yr-old

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Breastfeeding a child aged six? Why does she do it?

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Maha Al Musa, whos still prefers to breastfeed her six-year-old, Amina

A 52-year-old woman from Byron Bay, Australia reportedly still breastfeeds her six-year old, The Independent states.

Maha Al Musa, 52, regularly allows her six-year-old daughter, Aminah, to feed from her breast. This mother of three believes breastfeeding helps her bond with her daughter.

She states that she is just responding to her child’s natural desire, according to the report. What’s more, she has posted pictures of her breastfeeding her daughter all over Facebook and has stated that, ‘this is normal’.

Aminah told Woman’s Day, “Sometimes it (breastmilk) tastes like candy canes.” She also added that she might stop when she turns eight, but as of now she still enjoys “sleeping and suckling” on her mummy’s breasts.

What makes this food so super for babies? According to Dr Ravinder Wattal, an experienced paediatrician from Dr Wattal’s Clinic, Navi Mumbai, “Breastmilk is the ideal food for babies and has countless benefits for both, the mother and child.”

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Benefits of breastfeeding

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

According to Dr Wattal, below are the key benefits of breastfeeding.

  • A close bond develops between mother and child during the act of breastfeeding. Breast milk has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat – everything the baby needs to grow.
  • Breastmilk is provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Therefore, a breastfed infant is rarely constipated.
  • It contains antibodies passed from the mother to baby that help the baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
  • In later life, breastfed babies are seen to be more socially active. Studies have also shown that breastfed infants show lower chances of becoming juvenile delinquents. They also have lesser malignancies.

“The production of breastmilk is highly psychological,” says Dr Wattal. “If it is the will of the mother to produce milk for the child, the psychological triggers coupled with the baby’s suckling produces milk,” he adds.

A lot of grandmothers claim to have fed their children beyond the age of two, during the olden times. While the amount of breastmilk produced beyond a certain age may not be much, Dr Wattal says it may be more to do with the “chaska” or a certain relief a child feels on suckling.

Breastfeeding beyond a certain age is completely upto the comfort of the mum and her baby. So if your will has it, you can continue providing nature’s super food to your child like Maha Al Musa does.

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Written by

Preeti Athri