A mother shared on TikTok how she teaches her two-year-old son boundaries and consent while breastfeeding in a video that has since been viewed more than 9.8 million times
Every mother’s feeding experience is different – some women choose to breastfeed and others prefer to formulate their children.
But one mother has sparked debate about her caregiving decisions.
Mikaela de la Myco, from California, has a two-year-old son named Marten, whom she is still breastfeeding, she reports Daily Star.
She explained how she set boundaries with her son in a video on her TikTok @mamadelamyco.
The clip, which has since been viewed 9.8 million times, sees Mikaela asking Marten if she would like milk and “Where do your hands go?”
Marten puts his hands on his knees until his mom asks, “Which?”
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He points to her left breast and Mikaela signals him to wait and be patient like “mommy will do” before he starts breastfeeding.
“Honestly, I know this probably looks weird to a lot of people, but I almost stopped bf [breastfeeding] because this was so difficult to achieve without good models for extended breastfeeding,” she wrote at the end of the video.
“Is that ‘disgusting’ for you? The problem only started when Marten became a toddler, what do you think?”
Since posting, the video has garnered more than 893,000 likes and 20,800 comments from viewers, who have praised her for teaching him how to respect her boundaries.
One person said, “The problem isn’t with the plot, the problem is our society.”
Another wrote: “I think you’re doing a wonderful job. We were three with my youngest and I definitely taught him grooming etiquette.”
“It literally has so many benefits. It’s 2022, get on the internet and do your research,” wrote a third party.
While someone else said, “It’s not gross, it’s just unusual and new to the mainstream, but you’re doing a wonderful job, his manners and patience will only grow.”
However, some moms wondered if Marten was “too old” to breastfeed.
One person wrote: “I think he’s too old… just my opinion – I feel like at this stage it’s more about you not wanting to let go [than] its usefulness.
“That could be harmful later.”
While another wondered: “I think he’s old enough to drink out of a sippy cup, why not just pump?”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/mum-sparks-breastfeeding-debate-teaches-26679042 Mom sparks breastfeeding debate as she teaches 2-year-old son "boundaries."