Darwen mum's breast feeding campaign reaches Australia

A MUM has pledged to keep on breastfeeding as long as her son wants to - which could be until he is eight-years-old.

Michelle Atkin said it was society that was wrong and not her as she refuses to forcibly ween four-year-old son Charlie.

The 46-year-old of Blackburn Road, Darwen, has been campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and has appeared on television nationally and in Australia.

Miss Atkin said there was nothing wrong with breastfeeding Charlie - the youngest of her seven children - for as long as he wanted.

She said: “I am not pinning him down and forcing him to breastfeed, I am simply not denying it to him.

“It could go on until he is eight as physiologically that is when they stop wanting it as they lose their milk teeth.

“It is the best thing for the child and for me healthwise.

“This is normal in other parts of the world but it is a western point of view that it should stop at an early age.”

Miss Atkin, a life coach and hypnotist who lives with her partner Lindsay, said there were a lot of misconceptions about breastfeeding to a later age.

She said: “He goes to nursery and it isn’t as though he needs me there to feed him every two hours like when he was a baby.

“He has breast milk in the morning and at night but he also drinks cows’ milk and that is fine.

“It doesn’t involve the teeth so it doesn’t hurt me either.

“Trust me, if he did bite me then he would get in trouble.”

Miss Atkin has been spreading her message in recent weeks and recently featured on Lorraine Kelly’s morning talk show, as well as an Australian programme.

She said: “The reaction has been interesting.

“Before the shows it was very negative, but after going on people would say, ‘you are so normal’.

“And that is the point, I am a normal woman and I am just trying to spread this message.

“I want people to consider breastfeeding for longer and for health professionals to be singing from the same hymn sheet.”

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10:03am Sat 8 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Wrong in so many ways.
Wrong in so many ways. Steven Seagull

10:15am Sat 8 Feb 14

dollyfan says...

what is so wrong about a women breastfeeding, beast milk contains all the nutrients and vitamins a child needs this child will build up a fantastic immune system.
personally if it was me I would express my milk and give it to him so I am not actually feeding him, which is why this story is so controversal
what is so wrong about a women breastfeeding, beast milk contains all the nutrients and vitamins a child needs this child will build up a fantastic immune system. personally if it was me I would express my milk and give it to him so I am not actually feeding him, which is why this story is so controversal dollyfan

10:33am Sat 8 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

Breastfeeeding is natural and does no-one any harm, so what's the problem?

All our kids have been breastfed and have more or less decided for themselves when they have had enough sometime between 2 and 3.
Breastfeeeding is natural and does no-one any harm, so what's the problem? All our kids have been breastfed and have more or less decided for themselves when they have had enough sometime between 2 and 3. Excluded again

1:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

well done young lady for sticking to your guns when society is clearly wrong, it is the most natural way of feeding your young,far too many people have hang ups about the female breast being shown in public, well that,s their problem not yours,
well done young lady for sticking to your guns when society is clearly wrong, it is the most natural way of feeding your young,far too many people have hang ups about the female breast being shown in public, well that,s their problem not yours, noddy57

5:23pm Sat 8 Feb 14

kosmik says...

Good for you and your son for ensuring he gets the best start in life and for not giving in to the overwhelming pressure to stop breast feeding and to use an inferior, expensive alternative.
Good for you and your son for ensuring he gets the best start in life and for not giving in to the overwhelming pressure to stop breast feeding and to use an inferior, expensive alternative. kosmik

8:59pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Ian K says...

"as she refuses to forcibly ween four-year-old son"
BTW proof readers at the LT the word is "wean".
From the entry in Wikipedia "Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother's milk.", full (and informative) article at http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Weaning

Please,LT staff, demonstrate a little more professionalism, I have noticed many mistakes recently, this is the first I have commented upon.
"as she refuses to forcibly ween four-year-old son" BTW proof readers at the LT the word is "wean". From the entry in Wikipedia "Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother's milk.", full (and informative) article at http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Weaning Please,LT staff, demonstrate a little more professionalism, I have noticed many mistakes recently, this is the first I have commented upon. Ian K

11:50pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Meerkat.com says...

Why do you think the "bitty mummy bitty" sketch of little britain was so funny and the most popular sketch ? Because its wrong !!
Why do you think the "bitty mummy bitty" sketch of little britain was so funny and the most popular sketch ? Because its wrong !! Meerkat.com

1:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

GracesDad says...

Ok, you want to breast-feed your child until he is 8. But why do you have to campaign to raise awareness of you doing that? Attention seeking in all it's glory if you ask me!
Ok, you want to breast-feed your child until he is 8. But why do you have to campaign to raise awareness of you doing that? Attention seeking in all it's glory if you ask me! GracesDad

5:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

camel says...

I get cheesed off with the liberated set personally I don't give a hoot if she is still feeding him when he starts to do his first paper round but don't do it in my company, I can always remember years ago when it was the thing to do to breast feed in public, this hippy chick from Cornwall was sat next to me on a flight back from Benidorm with her sprog when she said 'Do you mind if I feed him', I thought she would do what most Mothers do use a bottle, but no out came her breast, I've seen hundreds of boobs but in this particular case I was totally embarrassed,
I get cheesed off with the liberated set personally I don't give a hoot if she is still feeding him when he starts to do his first paper round but don't do it in my company, I can always remember years ago when it was the thing to do to breast feed in public, this hippy chick from Cornwall was sat next to me on a flight back from Benidorm with her sprog when she said 'Do you mind if I feed him', I thought she would do what most Mothers do use a bottle, but no out came her breast, I've seen hundreds of boobs but in this particular case I was totally embarrassed, camel

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