Apparently, there was an episode of 20/20 featuring a mother breastfeeding her six years old daughter. I read a related article in here. The author of Family Health and Safety has a strong opinion on the support of extended breastfeeding and breastfeeding in general.
This is wonderful, and I'm all for breastfeeding. But I have to say the competition between mothers on breastfeeding is not healthy. I have to tell my story for those mothers who can't breastfeed their kids and feel guilty.
When my son was born, he was healthy and they released us from hospital in normal time. We came home. My son was crying constantly and was constantly on my breast for one week until we went for his first checkup with our GP. I thought well this is having a baby, the last thing in my mind was that he may be hungry. The minute the doctor saw him, he noticed my son was yellow beyond normal and send us for blood work. We ended up in the emergency room, he had baby jaundice and his numbers were way above normal.
We spend almost five days in the hospital and he was under the light all the time. They weighed him before and after breastfeeding and noticed that I didn't have enough production. The nurses told me that because of lack of production, my son couldn't get enough liquid to be able to pass the extra iron in blood to prevent baby jaundice.
So he got better and we came home. I was attached to the breast pump for weeks, drank all I could but nothing happened. I had only enough supply for two serving a day. I had no choice other than substituting other servings with formula. I had no problem with it. It was what my child needed and as a mother, I had to provide the best I could for him.
My problem was other mothers, who would lecture me on the benefits of breastfeeding and the ways that I can produce more. I had to go over the story all the time and tell them about all the things I did to be able to breastfeed exclusively.It was exhausting, even strangers would come to me in public and lecture me when they see him feeding on a bottle. I was always feeling guilty and tried to avoid other moms for two years until breastfeeding time was over. (At least for most of people)
My point is that, yes, breastfeeding is great and everyone who can do it should do it. I can