Woman still breastfeeds all her children ages 5, 3, and 7 monthsBy Mason White 1:35 PM August 13, 2013
|Samantha Williams with her family|
By: John Roberts
A woman is causing controversy over her choice to continue breastfeeding all her children even as they grow older.
Samantha Williams is a strong believer that “breast is best” when feeding children, which is why she still breastfeeds three of her children including her 5-year-old son.
Williams, 42, and her husband, Eddie, 48, have three children, a 5-year-old son named Trevor, a 3-year-old daughter Claire, and a 7-month-old baby named Ethan. Williams, of Newport, Gwent, United Kingdom is teaching her children to “share their mother” as they sometimes breastfeed at the same time. Her son and daughter take turns on one side while her baby gets the other side.
Friends and family have criticized her practices claiming that older children should have stopped breastfeeding years ago.
Although her children are perfectly healthy and can eat other foods she still breastfeeds them in public. While many people would tolerate a mother breastfeeding her baby at a restaurant, many are not willing to accept breastfeeding of a 5-year-old in public.
“I heard it all,” Williams said. “People asked me to leave the table and go breastfeed at another place. I was asked to breastfeed in the bathrooms,” she also said. However, the mother refuses to use the bathroom to feed her children. “A waitress would never tell me to eat in the bathroom, so why should my children?” Williams added.
While most breastfeeding mothers cover their breasts while they feed their babies, Williams chooses not to do so. “I don’t cover myself with a blanket. I just feed them. I’m not trying to make a point, I just believe it’s natural.
People think we’re weird and that we are setting our children up to be weird. Others think I’m being selfish and that I cannot let go of my babies. Do they really think that a mother can force a child to breastfeed if they don’t want to?” She said.
“I never intended to breastfeed for so long. I simply thought it was a bit cruel and unfair to just cut them off as breastfeeding brings many emotional and physical benefits,” Williams also said.