‘The cashier said, ‘How old is your baby? She’s old. She doesn’t need to be breastfed.’: Mom urges ‘it’s none of your business how long someone nurses their child for’

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“Here we go again.

Round 5 of mastitis.

So annoying.

But do you know what’s even more annoying?

When people tell me, ‘Maybe it’s time to stop breastfeeding.’

Excuse me?

I’m sorry, I don’t recall asking your opinion.

Since when is there a time limit on nursing your child?

I’m 18 months in and she has no interest in stopping, and quite frankly, neither do I.

I went to pick up my prescription. It was one I hadn’t had before, so the cashier asked me if I had any questions. Out of instinct, I asked if it was safe to take while breastfeeding.

She comes back and says, ‘It does excrete through the breastmilk, so you’ll either need to pump and dump or skip feedings.’

Next she asks how old the baby is, so I tell her.

She then goes on to tell me that my health needs to come first and that I need to outweigh the risks. She then proceeds to tell me, ‘She’s old enough. She doesn’t need to nurse right now anyway.’


Can we please, for the love of God, stop discouraging breastfeeding no matter what age and stage or whatever hiccup that comes along the way? And in the same breath, stop minimizing whatever amount of time a mother does breastfeed for. It’s none of your business how long someone nurses their child for.

So, stop it. No one wants to hear your cr*ppy unsolicited advice. Let mothers LIVE.”

Courtesy of Ashley Parmenter

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