The question of when and where mothers should be able to breastfeed their children has caused more than its fair share of internet arguments over the years. Another issue that seems to ignite just as much controversy is at what age a mother should stop nursing.
Lisa Bridger has two children whom she still breastfeeds despite the fact that her son, Chase, is now 7 years old.
“I still breastfeed my 7-year-old and I’m far from ashamed. In fact, I’m proud”
This Adelaide mum has gone public to proudly spruik the benefits of breastfeeding older children. pic.twitter.com/n9N0ajAnL2
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) June 25, 2018
Lisa explained that Chase and his younger brother Phoenix, 4, are both autistic and the act of breastfeeding is able to calm them and help them avoid medications:
Breastfeeding has prevented him having to go on to medication because it calms him down. It calms and grounds him and is a fantastic way to reconnect too.
Bridger tried using medications to no avail:
We tried melatonin but it didn’t work as I couldn’t get him to swallow it. He gets melatonin from my breastmilk. I can shorten the meltdowns by feeding him.
Bridger appeared on the Australian morning program Sunrise, where Dr. Ginni Mansberg, the show’s medical consultant, commented that the situation was “unusual,” but that “she wouldn’t discourage the mother from her choice.”
Bridger was surprised at the outrage her breastfeeding caused some strangers:
I’m amazed at what controversy natural term breastfeeding can bring. It just shows how misunderstood breastfeeding really is in this time.
Many Twitter users couldn’t get behind Bridger’s breastfeeding habits.
Yea that’s just not right. When do you stop? To weird.
— Karen Trivett??? (@ket89) June 26, 2018
7 years old ?? that’s NOT natural. That kids going to grow up with big problems.
— Lorac47 (@janone47) June 26, 2018
Sorry but that’s not something to be proud of. Nor is it necessary. That’s a failing on the part of a parent.
— Sue McDonald #Sovereign (@suemcdonald342) July 1, 2018
Im sorry that’s just not right ?
— Miss L (@L_Donachie) July 2, 2018
But others defended the mother’s decision:
If doctors and the state agree her kids are fine, there's no problem.
My only question is what solution she plans to use when the kids are adults.
— Angelica Licari (@Skysong2015) July 1, 2018
because it is natural and a good thing a good mother does is feed the child.
— JamesWilliamPope (@JamesWPope9890) July 1, 2018
Good on her. Who is anybody else to tell her how to bring up her children. She knows what's best for her children and she clearly knows what she's talking about from a nutritional and medical perspective
— Steve Smith (@smithatd) June 25, 2018
— ⅅᎯℰℕℰℛᎽЅ (@daenerys_1) June 26, 2018
Bridger, however, doesn’t care much about the public consensus. Breastfeeding helps her children and she has no plans to stop.