Danica McKellar Breastfed Son Until He Was 2 ½. Here’s Why!
“The Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar recently raised eyebrows by revealing that she just stopped breastfeeding her two-and-a-half-year-old son, Draco.
“[We] actually just finished breastfeeding a couple of weeks ago. I’m a huge fan of breastfeeding,” the actress said.
“Cuddling, being close, you know, sleeping in the same bed sometimes, wearing him in a sling, long-term breastfeeding, all have to have this closeness. On the other hand, doing everything your child wants you to do right when they want you to do it is another thing. Spoiling them is completely different,” she said.
She then explained how she was able to maintain her milk supply for such a long time. Two and a half years is an awfully long time! “If I were having to pump, it wouldn’t work," she said. "I don’t get that much when I pump. When he nurses directly, it’s no problem. Supply and demand. I’ve been really fortunate that way.”
The star also confided that sometimes Draco will still ask to nurse. But soon he gets busy doing something else and forgets.
McKellar also encouraged other mothers to follow their instincts and take cues from their child about nursing: “You can breastfeed as long as it works for both you and your child, you know? For me it was two and a half, and for you it might be three and a half or three months or whatever it is that works.”
I breastfed my kids for only six weeks each, so this is a completely alien concept to me. Not saying it’s wrong, just not something I can wrap my head around.
McKellar joins a growing list of Hollywood moms, like Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik and Alanis Morissette, who are practicing attachment parenting.
What’s your take on attachment parenting?