Parenting

Photo of Toddler Breastfeeding His Baby Sister Stirs Up Controversy

 

Children want to emulate what their parents are doing, especially when they are very young. More women are choosing to breastfeed their babies, not only for the health benefits, but also for the bonding experience between mother and child. If a mother breastfeeds in front of her older children, it’s not surprising that they may try to imitate her.

The Facebook group Breastfeeding Mama Talk posted a photo of a little boy trying to breastfeed his baby sister with the caption, “Don’t worry mom I got you covered.” The post has been shared over 15,000 times and got over 21,000 likes, but has received mixed reviews.

One Facebook user commented, “This is disgusting to say the least. If it were the mother…that’s different…I see no problem…but to allow a sibling…that is just sick. I see no humor in this at all!! But it got the attention that apparently someone wanted.”

Another wrote, “Definitely gone too far with this picture. People will do anything for a like or comment or share. The little babies interests was definitely not top priority.”

Despite some of the negative comments, most seemed supportive, like this user: “He’s gonna grow up to be a dad & husband who supports breastfeeding!”

I, for one, feel the photo is harmless, but would explain to my child that breastfeeding is for mommies. I think with this one, it’s much ado about nothing.

What is your opinion of the photo? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.