A mother has created her own YouTube channel to explain her ‘mission’ of normalising breastfeeding older children.
Sophie Rose, a mum from the UK who now lives in Thailand, is a passionate advocator of breastfeeding older children, which she does every day with her four-year-old son Shaye.
She records daily videos of herself openly breastfeeding Shaye and posts them to spread awareness and help other people feel used to seeing a mum breastfeeding, and in particular breastfeeding an older child.
Sophie Rose appeared on This Morning, where she told Holly and Phillip that she intends to breastfeed Shaye for another four years – meaning that he’ll be eight years old and breastfeeding from his mother.
In a recent video Sophie Rose explains her ‘mission’ and why she feels there is a need to expose more people to the sight of a woman breastfeeding.
‘My mission here is to continue my work in normalising breastfeeding, but specifically breastfeeding older kids.
‘There’s been a lot of controversy and shock around breastfeeding an older child and I just want to expose it, and expose it and expose it.’
Sophie Rose goes on to explain that for a mother, this is a natural thing (it is what breasts were made for after all) and that no mother should be scared to feed their child.
‘It’s a very beautiful and intimate thing and it’s also a very normal thing if you’re a breastfeeding mum, you get very used to it’.
While wearing an easily adjustable vest, Sophie Rose foregoes a bra to make feeding easier for her little one and throughout the video takes down her top to openly breastfeed Shaye, swapping in-between breasts.
She hopes that by being so open it will normalise the act for other and inspire other mums, especially breaking the taboo that you shouldn’t breastfeed older children
‘I want other mothers around the world to feel confident around feeding older children.
‘I would love to live in a world where breastfeeding mums didn’t feel ashamed about feeding in public, where there would be no negative comments or feelings or fear.
‘As well as the nutritional value of breast milk, you also let your child know in a very physical way that you are there for them. It’s about the comfort and emotional connection.’
However, a doctor on This Morning denied these claims of nutrition during her interview, saying:
‘From the age of two there is no nutritional benefit to breastfeeding a child, unlikely to be any harm either. Certainly in this country by school age we expect a child to be able to feed themselves.’
The video has been viewed more than 177,000 since being posted on the 12th October and is part of Sophie Rose’s main channel called Sophie’s Joy Breastfeeding Mama.