How old is too old to breast feed?

I know that breastfeeding your child is one of those really personal choices that shouldn’t concern anyone else, but there comes a point in time where it’s time to let go and let your child grow up.

I was reading this article today, and I just couldn’t for the life of me understand how this woman could continue breastfeeding her child at 3 and a half years old. The child is getting close to the age of being able to remember things when they are older, and that isn’t really something that kids should have to remember.

I sometimes wonder if the mothers of these children (who claim they are doing it for the child) are actually being really selfish and struggling to let go of their baby. Most parents I have spoken to all agree that anytime between 6 months to 18 months if a good time to stop, with the consensus being 12 months.

If you still want your child to have breast milk past that point, then that’s fine, but at least consider investing in a breast pump and bottle feed your child. If your little one is able to walk and talk, and looks more like a little person than a baby, it’s past time to let go.

Reading through the comments on that page, I am not alone in thinking she should give it away, but there are plenty of people supporting her decision.

I then did some research and found evidence of people breastfeeding their children until they were 8 years old – Incredible! The page even notes that a babysitter called a child abuse hotline to report it. The kid even said he didn’t want to breastfeed any more, but his mom forced him too. There is no way that is in the best interests of the child and the poor kid is probably being made fun of by all the other kids at school, the mental scaring could impact him for the rest of his life.


Great things to do (with or without kids)

Where do you pile the stuff ‘to sort out at a later date’?
The shed? garage? loft? spare room?
Well, guess what?
Today is that later date!

You will need:

  • Rubbish sacks
  • Empty boxes
  • Labels
  • Pen
  • Plenty of drinks
  • A kitchen timer


You are going to sort these things into:

a)  I honestly can’t live without this
b)  I really like this, but so will someone else so it’s going to go and do some good for charity
c)  This needs to go into the recycle bin/shredder/garbage bag

The smallest pile should be pile (a), and the things in pile (a) could be:

  • photos
  • a treasured item from your childhood or your child’s childhood


Pile (b) should be the largest, and could be:

  • clothes
  • books
  • shoes
  • bric-a-brac such as ornaments
  • household items such as curtains or kitchen utensils


Pile (c) should be sized between the above two, but as small as possible, and should be:

  • anything broken that is not a pile (a) thing
  • any paperwork over two years old that does not relate to a mortgage, loan or guarantee that is still in date

Set your kitchen timer for 50 minutes, and GO!!!

When the bell rings you can STOP.  Leave it all exactly where it is and take a 20 minute break. BUT: you must go right away from the sorting area.

As soon as the 20 minutes are up, it’s another 50 minutes of sorting.

When the bell rings at the end of this session, it’s time to stop for a food break of up to 45 minutes.


Then it’s the last 50 minutes which has to be:

  • Tidying away what you didn’t yet get to.
  • Labelling bags for charity shop, loft and garbage.
  • Shredding any confidential paperwork.

And that’s it for the day!

3×50 minutes sessions with breaks is the only way to tackle those problem areas – and it is MOST important you stick to the timings.

Let me know how you get on!

NB I have found this method works really well for getting kid’s bedrooms sorted too…..although they do tend to want to buy a few things at the charity shop, it’s a small price to pay (excuse the pun) for a day of tidying up..)