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Byron Bay mother defends breastfeeding 6-year-old

A MOTHER from Australia has re-awakened the debate over when a woman should stop breastfeeding, by proudly declaring that she will continue to nurse her 6-year-old daughter until the child is ready to stop.

Maha Al Musa, a 52-year-old pregnancy belly dancing teacher from Byron Bay, has said she is happy to breastfeed her daughter, Aminah, whenever she asks.

"She says to me, 'Mummy milkie.' I could be in the middle of doing something or talking and it's so natural to us, we don't make a big deal of it," she told Australia's Woman's Day magazine, according to The Telegraph.

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Ms Musa, appears in the Discovery Channel documentary Extreme Breastfeeding, and has been told that she is one of oldest women in the world to breast feed, and one of a handful of premenopausal women to nurse a child.

Pre-empting criticism on her Facebook page over the show, Ms Musa, who has had home water births and runs belly dancing classes for pregnant women, asks readers: "who defines 'normal'?"
 

In a post shared alongside a photo of her feeding her daughter in the park, Ms Musa continues: "Let child and mother choose whats best for them their circumstance and family.[sic]

"4-8 is NORMAL age for self weaning [sic]," she adds.

And Aminah appears to be happy to continue suckling, telling the Woman's Day: "I might stop when I'm eight", adding that more children should do it "because it's good fore you".

 

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