I'm fuming and need a sanity check from some like-minded individuals.
Tonight at dinner, when DS (21mo) asked to nurse, my father addressed him directly with, "You're too young to nurse."
My immediate response was: "No, he's the right age to nurse."
I'm obviously concerned about the rising tide of pro-weaning messaging that my parents are directing at DS, most of it being "you don't want to nurse" from my mother (who breastfed me until I self-weaned at 19mo). I've expressed my displeasure with the comments but seem to need to be more direct. What do you think of this:
I'd like to discuss appropriate language around DS' nursing. I'm hearing a lot of potentially damaging comments about DS' continued nursing, like Dad's comment at dinner last night to DS about being "too old to nurse". He is not. Mum, I don't know if you're aware you're doing it but, since we've arrived, you've told DS flat out that he doesn't want to nurse when he asks every day, often multiple times. He does.
He will be continuing to nurse for the foreseeable future. I have consulted a world-renowned paediatrician who specializes in child nutrition, and I understand that our current practice is developmentally appropriate both biologically and psychologically.
DS is a smart child, and he will pick up on the disapproving language you are using. I would not want you to alienate yourselves from him. He should not be harassed for partaking in this appropriate behaviour going forward. Do I have your support?