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Mayim Bialik No Longer Breastfeeding Her 4-Year-Old Son

Mayim Bialik has stopped breastfeeding her son

Mayim Bialik has officially stopped breastfeeding her 4-year-old son.

The Big Bang Theory star was the subject of much criticism due to her advocacy of “attachment parenting” and the decision to continue to breastfeed her son past the recommended 12-month period.

The 37-year-old broke the news in a blog post for Kveller, a Jewish parenting website. In it, she wrote that her son, Fred, had “finally weaned.” She said Fred, whom she nursed four to six times a night for three years until Thanksgiving 2011. One year later, Fred was weaned — which she says she “initiated reluctantly” — but that it wasn’t her decision. After he was night-weaned, Fred would go days without nursing and she wouldn’t offer or refuse breastfeeding. The requests slowed down until they stopped altogether.

Bialik said about her son’s weaning, “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss being able to latch him on and make it all better” when he needs comfort.

“We have other ways to soothe Fred now. When he’s very very upset or very very hurt, we lay on the couch where he nursed countless mornings, afternoons, and evenings, and we rock and I sing to him his favorite lullabies,” she continued. “And he holds me tight, and I hold him tight, and I know that there was never ever ever anything wrong with nursing Fred.”

Bialik said she knew her decision was controversial, but she didn’t let the looks and nasty comments stop her from providing what she felt was best for her son. She addressed the end of her post directly to Fred.

“I may not have milk to give you, but I have a heart forever etched with your name, your face, your eyes, your impossibly stunning tapered lashes that hold the tears only you can cry,” she said. “Thank you, Fred, for being my nursling.”

Do you think Mayim Bialik waited too long to stop breastfeeding her son?

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11 Responses to “Mayim Bialik No Longer Breastfeeding Her 4-Year-Old Son”

  1. Samantha Pearson

    Not at all too long. The breastfeeding relationship is between the mother and the child and is nobody elses business. You can't force a child to breastfeed and you can't hurt a child by breastfeeding them.

  2. Marianna Yi

    The length of time other people breastfeed their own children is none of my business!

  3. Bellinda Cini

    I love the recommended 12 months line…what a crock….like its only been happening since docs were involved!

  4. Samantha Pearson

    The World Health Organisation, a relatively conservative body, recommends a MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS BREASTFEEDING and continuing past that age for as long as mother and baby want to. Anybody suggesting a mother wean a baby under 2 years of age is pressuring a mother to do less than the minimum recommended by the WHO.

    I do feel sad that Mayim Bialik supports genital mutilation on religious grounds though but realise just like the rest of us she is a product of her upbringing and society and hope that one day she changes her mind about that.

    Another aspect to consider is the order of what is best for babies:

    Best. Mothers milk from the breast.
    2nd Best. Expressed mother's milk.
    3rd Best. Donated human milk.
    4th Best. Artificial baby milk.

    We have 2 Human Milk Banks in Australia and Human Milk 4 Human Babies is a great organisation with branches in each State:

    http://www.hm4hb.net/

  5. Stephen Samuel

    I have no idea where the 12 month limit came from — the same people who thought that not beating your children and your wife with a 3/4" stick (rule of thumb — that's how big my thumb is) was being too nice for therm?

    If the human body is capable of nursing a child until (s)he's 4 years old, then there may be a reason for it. Mayim has a PhD in neuroscience, so she at least is reasonably well read on how the human mind develops. I would consider this an experiment, and wait and see how her children develop. Now is not the time to pass judgement based on simple superstitions.

    I checked on Samantha's claim that the WHO suggests breast feeding up to <b> at least</b> <a href="https://www.google.ca/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=who+breastfeeding">2 years. it's true. </a> Apparently breast feeding also reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer's in the mother (I''d love to know the causal link there!).

  6. Stephen Samuel

    I have no idea where the 12 month limit came from — the same people who thought that not beating your children and your wife with a 3/4" stick (rule of thumb — that's how big my thumb is) was being too nice for therm?

    If the human body is capable of nursing a child until (s)he's 4 years old, then there may be a reason for it. Mayim has a PhD in neuroscience, so she at least is reasonably well read on how the human mind develops. I would consider this an experiment, and wait and see how her children develop. Now is not the time to pass judgement based on simple superstitions.

    I checked on Samantha's claim that the WHO suggests breast feeding up to <b> at least</b> <a href="https://www.google.ca/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=who+breastfeeding">2 years. it's true. </a> Apparently breast feeding also reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer's in the mother (I''d love to know the causal link there!).

  7. Kalie Gossen

    a lot of fat-based carcinogens, like PCBs, build up over time in human tissue and one of the only ways to reduce them (for women) is breastfeeding. Unfortunately this often just passes them to the infant, unless expressing and discarding milk. That might have something to do with the Alzheimer's link (of which I have never heard, btw).