Families come in all kinds of various forms and shapes, with all sorts of different ways of doing things that might appear weird to outsiders, and when it comes to breastfeeding mothers, some have a different way of doing things.
Breastfeeding has been around since the dawn of time, there’s absolutely nothing unnatural about it. It’s the most natural thing in the world, and it’s the bond between mother and child that makes breastfeeding so special, and often comforts both mother and child.
Not only that, but the health advantages for the child are unmatched, but where is the line, when it comes to breastfeeding?
There are many women out there who overproduce milk and share their milk with other mothers who can’t produce enough themselves, but is the same idea appropriate when that person is family?
This St. Louis family is turning heads after revealing an unusually close connection.
Julia Cannon, a 22-year-old nurse, and Angela Owns, her 47-year-old mother, breastfed Julia’s 10-month-old daughter Naomi.
Julia, who is a big supporter of breastfeeding, says it all began with Naomi who was just four months old at the time.
Julia said that she loved breastfeeding, adding that she’d been breastfeeding right from the start, and she told a newspaper outlet that she would cluster feed all the time and that her daughter wanted to be on the boob all the time.
She said that it was like a comfort thing and that one day she wanted to have a shower and get out of the house so she headed over to her mother’s house.
She said she was in the shower and her daughter needed a feed, and so her mother who was still lactating asked her how she would feel about her breastfeeding Naomi. She said that she’d been okay with the idea, but up until that moment, they hadn’t tried it.
After having five children of her own, Angela never stopped lactating, and she was an overproducer of milk. Her mother had checked for any concerns and had cat scans done but there were no health concerns.
Julia said that her mother breastfeeding Naomi had brought their family together, and made them closer and that it was incredibly empowering as a woman to know that her mother was feeding her daughter from the same breast milk that fed her for years. That it was magical and it made her feel so good.
Of course, not everyone agrees that it’s a magical arrangement and that people have said that it’s weird, strange, and disgusting, but she said what was more natural than feeding a baby?
Of course, Angela hasn’t been feeding Naomi all the time, but she still steps in when babysitting, maybe a couple of times a month.
Julia said her mother likes to do it, although they weren’t sure if Naomi would latch on, but she did immediately, and she said it was awesome and it was a tremendous help for her and that a real bond had developed between Naomi and her mother.
She explained that the whole thing had been a tremendous convenience for her, allowing for things most mothers miss out on, and she said she can sleep and get something to eat.
Unfortunately, culture is weird about a lot of things, especially when breastfeeding and everyone seems to have an opinion about the best ways to do it, and they are extremely willing to share those opinions, and people are more than content to comment or correct parents who are total strangers.