Mayim reluctantly stopped breastfeeding her 4-year-old son in November, the actress recently said. Did she wait too long?
Mayim Bialik, an advocate of attachment parenting, caused some controversy in 2011, when it was revealed that she still breastfed her 3-year-old son. Surprisingly, The Big Bang Theory actress put an end to breastfeeding her son Fred, but it wasn’t until this past November, when he was 4-years-old.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss being able to latch him on and make it all better. We have other ways to soothe Fred now,” Mayim wrote on the Jewish website Kveller.
Attachment parenting involves extended breastfeeding, potty training without diapers, a natural birth among other things.
“From the time that Fred night-weaned a year ago, he was nursing about once a day, but not always once a day. Sometimes he’d go a few days without nursing. After night-weaning, he could nurse anywhere but in the bed, since it invariably made him think of nursing all night, which he did like a real champ for his entire happy milky life until he was 3. And I didn’t want to go back to that,” she explained.
“I nursed Fred four to six times a night for three years. I pumped at work for Fred from the time I got the job on The Big Bang Theory when he was 18 months old until he was 3. I didn’t nurse him literally anywhere, anytime, but I made sure to meet his needs and have mine satisfied as well,” Mayim added.
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Did Mayim wait too long to wean her son off of breastfeeding? How do you feel about attachment parenting?
— Chris Rogers
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