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Some Things You Can’t ‘Unsee’…

December 10, 2010

One of the nice side-benefits to having a blog is that when I am in psychological trauma, I can share the pain with you, my friends…

Amanda breastfeeds her six-year-old in tandem with her newborn – horrifying or a loving bond?

Another cold winter’s morning in the South ­Yorkshire village of Hemingfield and Amanda Hurst has a hungry son to feed. There’s a chill in the air, even inside the tiny stone-fronted house. So rather than get out of bed, Amanda cradles five-month-old William under one arm, lifts up her pyjama top and breakfast begins.

Then a sleepy-eyed little boy pads on bare feet across the floor and clambers onto the bed, asking in the ­precise tones of a child — not a toddler — whether he can have some ‘lellow’ too.

The little boy is Jonathan and he is six. ‘Lellow’ is a special made up word he uses for breast milk.

'Perfectly natural': Amanda Hurst is happy to breastfeed her six-year-old, Jonathan, as well as her baby, William‘Perfectly natural’: Amanda Hurst is happy to breastfeed her six-year-old, Jonathan, as well as her baby, William

And instead of telling Jonathan he can have some milk from the fridge in the kitchen for his b­reakfast, Amanda happily pulls up the other side of her top and lets Jonathan lie alongside her and suckle from her free breast.

Yes, that’s right. She’s breastfeeding her infant son and her school age son. At the same time.

Methinks the young lad may need some counseling at some point in his life… heck, I may need some from just reading the article!
9 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris E permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:22 am

    There’s worse out there – there was another news story about a woman breast feeding her two daughters, one of whom was a teenager (“They’ll stop when they want to”), and .. her husband. She claimed it brought them together as a family.

    • December 10, 2010 11:06 am

      Thanks, Chris. You took creepy to a whole new level.

      Now, for a practical matter… to what address should I send the bill for cleaning puke out of my keyboard?

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      December 11, 2010 11:08 pm

      After that, I suggest a little momento from classic Dr Demento

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  3. December 10, 2010 10:49 am

    i’m in need of therapy now.

  4. December 14, 2010 11:01 am

    If you can ask for breastmilk, you’re too old for it.

  5. Matt permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:18 am

    I tripped across this post via

    I have a gut feeling of “this is weird” along with many others. However, the pragmatic side of me is thinking about this too. What is significantly different about drinking cow’s milk and human milk? Humans have sexualized breasts, but breasts are intended for exactly what this mother is doing (if only at a younger age). The son doesn’t see it as sexual, his mother doesn’t see it as sexual, but I imagine the reason most cringe at this because they can’t help but think of it as sexual.

    At the age of 6, I was drinking cow’s milk. How much weirder is it to drink milk from my own species? Is the problem that he’s getting it straight from the source instead of pumped off and then consumed from a bottle or glass?

    • Jake permalink
      December 17, 2010 1:35 pm

      Yes. That’s exactly the problem.

      Ever heard of Reactive Attachment Disorder? It’s pretty fun to deal with…


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