by Cheryl Calloway
(Whangarei, New Zealand)
Visitor Breastfeeding Story: I was in my 40s when I had my son. I was extremely happy and grateful to have the chance to enjoy motherhood. From the start, I intended to be a full time mother, and to breastfeed until he was ready to stop.
I did a lot of research to help me prepare for my role as Mum. I was convinced that breastfeeding would be beneficial for my son.
Well, he is now almost nine years old. He is still breastfeeding, and he is happy to continue for the moment. He calls mother’s milk “the source of life!”
I feel he has benefited physically and emotionally from the experience.
Even when he was really young – under 2 years old, I got hassle from my mother in law about breastfeeding him ‘at his age’. But, we wanted to do what we felt was best for us, so we continued. My husband has always been really supportive, which has helped. We moved from England to New Zealand 2 years ago, and I have met other mothers who have breastfed their older children. People generally seem more relaxed about it over here.
My son is bright and happy, and we have a warm bond. I think that breastfeeding is a component in that. I would encourage anyone to continue for as long as they and their child wishes.