Mother defends breastfeeding her three-year-old son

Mother, 26, reveals she’s regularly shamed online for breastfeeding her three-year-old son but says it’s forged an ‘unbreakable bond’ between them

  • Naomi Winfield, 26 has defended her decision to breastfeed her son, Rio, three
  • Birmingham mum says four-time a day feeding has caused an unbreakable bond 
  • Added that she’ll miss breastfeeding when her son goes to school in September 

A mum who is regularly shamed by strangers for breastfeeding her three-year-old son claims it’s formed an unbreakable bond between the pair.

Naomi Winfield, 26, from Birmingham, has defended her decision to breastfeed her son, Rio, until he starts school in September after she was branded ‘disgusting and selfish’ by strangers.

Despite the cruel comments, the college student swears that the method helps the pair to bond. 

She added breastfeeding has kept the tot out of hospital when he’s refused to eat solids and see her four-time-a-day feeding as a way to connect when she’s been apart from her son. 

Naomi Winfield, 26, from Birmingham, has defended her decision to breastfeed her son, Rio, three, until he starts school in September after she was branded ‘disgusting and selfish’ by strangers

Despite the cruel comments, the college student swears that the method helps the pair to bond and has kept the tot out of hospital when he’s refused to eat solids

The mum-of-one said: ‘I’ve had more bad comments than good comments. People have told their kids not to look and said its disgusting.

‘A lot of people say he’s too old and will be doing it forever. They say I’m selfish and doing it for me and I can’t cope with the fact that my son is growing up.

‘One woman told her husband not to look at me and people say they don’t want to see that.

‘It’s not a choice to still be breastfeeding, it’s just happened this way. If he’s upset or needs calming down, it’s comforting for him.

Naomi nurses Rio around four times per day alongside solids and says it’s a way for them to connect after they’ve been apart

Naomi , 26, is pictured while she was pregnant with Rio, who is now three and still being breastfed

‘There’s been times where he’s stopped eating and breastfeeding him has stopped him from going into hospital.

‘A lot of mums don’t choose extended breastfeeding, it just happens.

‘Some mums will do it until their child is seven and that’s fine, some just want to make it until six months and that’s fine.’

Naomi nurses Rio around four times per day alongside solids and says it’s a way for them to connect after they’ve been apart.

Naomi also admits that she’ll miss breastfeeding Rio when he goes to school. The pair are pictured on Rio’s second birthday

Naomi is speaking out to reassure other mums that extended breastfeeding is natural

She also admits that she’ll miss breastfeeding Rio when he goes to school.

She said: ‘He finds comfort in it. We sit down together, he has milk, we have milky cuddles and I sing to him.

‘It’s our special thing. When we’ve been away from each other, it helps us to connect again.

‘Primary school will be a different stage in his life so I think that will be the end for us but I will miss it.’

Naomi has a dairy free diet as Rio is allergic and she says there have been days where Rio has refused to eat any solids at all, leaving her with no choice but to nurse him

Naomi has a dairy free diet as Rio is allergic and she says there have been days where Rio has refused to eat any solids at all, leaving her with no choice but to nurse him.

Naomi is speaking out to reassure other mums that extended breastfeeding is natural.

She said: ‘We’ve had a few nice comments from mums who say they remember feeding their own and what a special time it was.

Defending herself, Naomi said it’s normal to breastfeed up until the age of seven, according to the WHO

‘Society sexualises breasts and can’t handle seeing them being used what they were meant for,’ she added.

‘But I don’t care what people think. I’m not confrontational but when it comes to my son, I’m strong. If Rio wants his milk then he wants his milk and that’s that.

‘The World Health Organisation says weaning can start between two and seven so it’s perfectly natural.

‘In some countries, it’s the norm for women to keep breastfeeding for as long as they can.

‘Society sexualises breasts and can’t handle seeing them being used what they were meant for.

‘Breast milk is nutrition but also love and comfort and I know what I’m giving him is good for him. It’s the most natural thing in the world.

‘I’m going to have negative comments, I do just walking out of the door but as a mum, whatever you’re doing is perfectly fine and be proud because breastfeeding isn’t easy. It can be physically and mentally exhausting at times but it’s so worth it.’

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