A British mom has faced criticism after speaking out about how she let her daughter nurse until she was 9 years old.
“When I came to have Charlotte, I had decided on natural term weaning. It’s nice for the child to be in control of when they want to wean, rather than forcing the issue,” Spink, 50, told the Caters News Agency
In response, she has been called a “pedophile” on Facebook, where one of the many stories about her and Charlotte had been shared 6,000 times. Others called the situation “freakin weird,” “nuts,” “perverted,” “selfish,” “sick,” “bizarre,” “child abuse,” and “unnatural.”
But for all the attacks on Spink, there were also many strong defenders, at least one of whom called her an “inspiration.”
“Wow what a fantastic amazing woman achieving nearly a decade of breastfeeding… What an amazing bond they must share,” noted another. “Shame something so natural is frowned upon in this day and age.” Another chimed in with, “A woman breastfeeding her OWN child is wrong because the child isn’t a baby, but it’s totally okay for adult humans to drink the milk of a mother cow? Jesus Christ, human beings are weird sometimes.”