‘I breastfeed my four-year-old son and won’t stop because people tell me to’

A woman admitted she breastfeeds her four-year-old son – and she won't stop because people tell her to.

Journalist Allison Yarrow claims the process helps her to "connect and communicate" with her little one, and she does it at least once a day.

The writer, whose book Birth Control: The Insidious Power of Men Over Motherhood is popular with parents, also noted she wouldn't still be doing it if she didn't enjoy it.

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The NHS states "it’s recommended that babies should consume only breast milk for around the first six months of their lives".

From this point on, it says babies can continue to breastfeed for "two years and beyond, alongside eating other foods".

But Allison is adamant the process works well for the family, and she likes doing it too.

The proud mum told People: "We haven't stopped breastfeeding because breastfeeding works for us.

"We still breastfeed because it's a way to connect with each other. We feel good. It's intimacy.

"It's looking into each other's eyes. It's cuddling. It's having a physical connection. And that strengthens our connection in general."

Allison also said she doesn't think our culture supports women doing things with their bodies that it doesn't want them to be doing.

This includes breastfeeding, and she said there's "poor research" when it comes to the topic of extended breastfeeding.

"Women and people who give birth are really hampered in their quest to breastfeed after their babies are born," she added.

"We know that the majority of people who give birth want to breastfeed, but most don't even meet their own breastfeeding goals because accessing lactation support is incredibly difficult.

"Often it's not covered by insurance or Medicaid, and people have to pay out-of-pocket and find somebody to support them in this way when they're already very vulnerable recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn."

She also suggested there are many more advantages to breast feeding than choosing not to.

Allison said it's not "very much of a commitment", as it only takes a few minutes a day.

As well as this, it's something she very much wants to do, but she also said she teaches her son boundaries in the process.

"I'm a human being, I have limits," she said.

"Sometimes I want to give someone a hug and sometimes I don't want to give someone a hug, and the same goes for breastfeeding.

"And if I don't want to, I just say no."

Now she admits it's something they mostly do at home, but she's very open about it with people.

It's important to Allison that the topic becomes normalised.

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