Katherine Clarke of Australia is the proud parent of four-year-old Ryder. She's felt extremely close to him since day one and was shocked by the reactions she got when she posted a photo of them on Instagram.
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Ryder is already four years old, but he still breastfeeds. His mom thinks it's the most natural thing in the world and believes it's part of her motherly duties.
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But when she posted photos of her son at her breast, many wrote hateful comments, calling her sick and perverse. Katherine couldn't understand all the uproar.
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She's letting her son decide when he wants to stop breastfeeding.
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"I'm not constantly feeding him," she said. "Just once a week or so. When he sees me breastfeeding his 19-month-old brother, he also wants some."
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She enjoys her connection with him and feels it's especially strong when breastfeeding. That's why she can't really understand people's reactions.
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She's not sure when the children will feel ready to stop. "I feel a little bad for the people who think it's weird. Comments from women are especially heartbreaking. They must feel ashamed or embarrassed about breastfeeding and I hope that will soon change."
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Until then, she hopes that people can learn to not only accept her decision, but also to speak more freely about breastfeeding.
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It really is very natural to breastfeed, though I must admit that four seems pretty old. Bravo to Katherine nonetheless for standing up to the criticism.

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