LIFESTYLE & HEALTH

People Judge A Woman Who Breastfeeds Her 7-Year-Old Daughter Because It Makes The Girl "Healthier And Happier"

July 8, 2019 17:56

The NHS recommends all babies are exclusively breastfed until at least six months old, and 73 percent of new mums choose to nurse from birth. However, by the time a baby reaches their first birthday, just one in every 200 babies is still being breastfed.

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Denise Sumpter, a 48-year-old mother of two, was in the news because she allowed Belle, her 7-year-old daughter, to breastfeed. The woman claimed that it was the reason Belle was taller than most of her classmates and "had never been ill".

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Her daughter, Belle, may ask for milk "once a week, she may ask twice a day," and Sumpter gives it to her.

"It's just a relaxing thing you do."

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Despite suggestions that she may be damaging Belle's emotional development, and claims that by the age of six breast milk has very little by way of health benefits, Denise believed she was acting in Belle's best interests by giving her the most nutritious source of food she could provide.

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Moreover, the mother credited breastfeeding with helping her keep her figure and her health, saying:

'I’m protected from various cancers and can eat what I want without gaining weight.'

Dr. Monah Mansoori called Sumpter's decision to breastfeed for so long "unusual" but was quick to specify that there is nothing medically wrong with what she's doing.

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In fact, breast milk is thought to reduce a baby’s risk of infections, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and childhood leukemia, according to the NHS. New mums also benefit from breastfeeding, which reduces their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

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Yet, Sumpter's decision seems to be a little bit creepy to many people. What do you think about it? Share your opinion with us!

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