LOL! They are long dead, indeed! And you also should not forget the 'Zeitgeist' of the time they lived in. It was a very prude, hippocrite, stiff society. Times have changed... and their theories are somewhat aged and out of context.Aren't all the guys that hubby is quoting dead?
On the other hand, the ancient romans and greek were very much in favour of (extended) breastfeeding. It made children grow strong and intelligent and into fierce warriors.
Then again in 18th (?) century Europe, BF was regarded as something of the beggars, the gyspies, the animals - not worthy of mankind
I think as you look over the history of mankind, you will always find extreme stances toward BFing that reflect the mentality of a culture (in general, there will always be exeptions).
Yup, that's my typical counter-questionWould a harmful parenting practice survive the eons to be so widespread around the globe?
And if extended BFing would be so harmful, why did the WHO state that all infants should be BF for al least 2 years of age!?
And no matter what. What the shrinks say is one thing, but what your heart says is something else - your heart knows yourself and your little one better than any (child)psychologist dead or alive