Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

MIL Thinks It's Time Two-year-old Grandson Stops Breastfeeding

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: Back in the day, I nursed all five of my kids, so I’m definitely a big advocate for breastfeeding. However, I find it approaching weird that our nearly two-year-old grandson is still nursing, including in public. Frankly, I find it icky, and I’m afraid to share my opinion with my daughter-in-law, who is as typical a first-time mother as can be.

Should I say something to my son, or is that being a coward? --- TIME TO STOP

DEAR TIME TO STOP: Breastfeeding, as natural and beneficial as it is, still seems to be a hot button issue within families. Having a discussion with just your son might only put him in the middle of a debate and make you look like a meddling mother-in-law. Going head-to-head with your daughter-in-law will probably not be too productive either, since for every study you could find saying nursing past a certain age is a no-no, she can produce two to contradict you.

I’d advise you to step back and let your daughter-in-law decide when to stop nursing your grandson.

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