A woman has revealed that her boyfriend asked her to stop breastfeeding because it ‘weirded’ him out.
In an anonymous post on Reddit, the mum said that she and her boyfriend, both 18, have a six-month-old who is “exclusively breastfed”, which means that the tot only receives breast milk, no other liquids or solids.
She went on to say that her daughter is yet to show an interest in solid foods and that she has no intention of introducing formula since she is still able to breastfeed.
But her boyfriend isn’t exactly on board with the idea.
She claims her boyfriend, who she says, “doesn’t have a clue about women’s bodies” has asked her a few times when she plans on stopping, even though she has told him she will do so until their baby self weans or until she is 18-months-old.
She said: “Yesterday, he came upstairs at bedtime when I was feeding baby and said, ‘I think she’s getting a bit too old for that, it might be time for formula and real food’.
“This kind of upset me because I know the average age to stop breastfeeding around the world is between two-and-a-half and seven years, and he’s constantly making stupid remarks.”
She then replied to him, saying: “You don’t get to decide how old is too old until you carry her around for nine months, push her out and then have her attached to your tt every day. F*k right off,” reports Kidspot.
After he left to stay with a friend, her friends told her that he should have a say in how his baby is fed too, so she asked Reddit users whether she’s in the wrong, and it’s divided opinions.
One person said: “I was with you right up until you described the way you handled the situation. You are 100% right in your reasoning and totally wrong in your execution.
“Nothing good comes from talking to each other like that. You decide how long to breastfeed. He can have an opinion about it, but the ultimate choice is yours.”
Another person added: “Whether or not your BF gave birth to the baby, he’s still the father and should have a voice in certain aspects of her life.
“That doesn’t mean he’s right about this, but saying things like ‘f*** right off’ when he gives a wrong opinion about his daughter is not ideal.”
Whilst someone else asked: “Why does she have to sit down like an adult and explain things to someone behaving like a child?”
“Breastfeeding till 18 months is a great goal and I applaud you for it; hold your ground on this one,” said another.
And one person said: “The WHO recommends breastfeeding for up to two years. His ‘opinion’ is outdated, immature and anger-inducing!”