Mum-of-two Lauren McLeod reveals why she still breastfeeds her five-year-old son
Mother of two labeled ‘sick’ and ‘abuser’ for continuing to breastfeed her five-year-old son at night: ‘It has always worked best for my kids’
- A mother has been criticized online for breast-feeding her 5-year-old son
- Lauren McLeod, from Perth, is honest about her parenting decisions
- She is breastfeeding her five-year-old son Bowie and two-year-old daughter Tigerlily
- 29-year-old has been labeled ‘sick’ and ‘abuser’ by strangers
- But she said the positive impact on other parents ‘outweighs the negativity’
An Australian mother of two has shared why she continues to breastfeed her five-year-old son beyond what is considered the ‘normal’ length of time.
Lauren McLeodfrom Perth, is open and honest about her parenting decisions on Instagram, hoping to inspire and reduce the stigma surrounding breastfeeding.
But the 29-year-old doula — a person who provides support during labor — has been labeled “sick” and an “abuser” for breast-feeding her son Bowie.
Lauren told FEMAIL that she chooses to breastfeed because it has “always worked best” for herself and two children.
Aussie mum Lauren McLeod, from Perth, (pictured, center) is open and honest on Instagram about why she chooses to still breastfeed her five-year-old son Bowie (left)
But the 29-year-old doula – a person who provides support during labor – has been labeled ‘sick’ and an ‘abuser’ for breastfeeding her son Bowie
Lauren told FEMAIL she chooses to breastfeed because that’s what ‘has always worked best’ for herself and two kids
“I’ve been fortunate to have had a relatively smooth breastfeeding journey with minimal hassles along the way, and the benefits outweigh any tough times we may encounter,” Lauren said.
“My children and I have a beautiful bond, and I am so grateful that I can support their growing bodies and brains with my breast milk, providing them with the comfort and security they feel while breastfeeding.
“I’m sure we would have had just as strong a bond if we hadn’t breastfed, but this is exactly what works for us.”
She also shares photos on Instagram of herself feeding Bowie, five, and daughter Tigerlily, two, saying she has “no time” for hate.
On Instagram, Lauren outlined that as her kids get older, she’s “set boundaries along the way” and Bowie now only breastfeeds at bedtime.
She said the children find comfort in breastfeeding and it also “soothees them to sleep faster”, calms them when they are upset, provides pain relief and supports their immune system.
On Instagram, Lauren outlined that as her kids get older she’s “set boundaries along the way” and Bowie now only breastfeeds at bedtime
She said the children find comfort in breastfeeding, and it also “soothees them to sleep faster,” calms them when they’re upset, provides pain relief and supports their immune system.
Despite the nasty comments, Lauren turns her head to those who criticize her.
“I just don’t read the comments on social media posts that aren’t mine, so I don’t see most of the nasty things being said about me,” she told FEMAIL.
Lauren said that if someone is negative online, she just block that person and delete the comment.
“It’s not worth my time and energy to respond to someone who has already made up their mind about me and who takes the time to be mean,” she said.
“Ultimately, if someone disagrees with my choices, that’s fine, that’s their opinion.
She added that the positive impact on other parents who choose to breastfeed “outweighs the negativity.” And hundreds have praised Lauren for having the courage to share her story
“A lot of the negative opinions people have about breastfeeding are often based on cultural bias and lack of education on the subject, which is part of the reason I’m sharing my story – to help people understand that breastfeeding is biologically normal naturally.” is.’
She added that the positive impact on other parents who choose to breastfeed “outweighs the negativity.”
And hundreds have praised Lauren for having the courage to share her story.