Mitch Harris: 'This British mum is still breastfeeding her 9-year-old'

Night Talk 12/11/2018
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Night Talk: Mitch Harris opening comments, Monday 12th November 2018.

Tonight: How old is the oldest you've heard of a kid being breastfed? Is it crazy to still breastfeed a child who is nine years of age?

A woman in the UK has revealed how she was labelled a pedophile for breastfeeding her daughter until the age of nine. 

Mother-of-four Sharon Spink received harsh backlash on social media after news sources revealed she breastfed her daughter for so long. 

"I've been called every name under the sun," she told The Sun.

"I've been told it's child abuse, I've been called a pedophile, and told it's utterly wrong and that I'm a freak."

Ms Spink stopped feeding in public when Charlotte was five due to negative comments, but previously breastfed almost everywhere - from salons to church

Ms Spink said she feels it's "completely normal" to breastfeed for several years, and claims it strengthened her bond with her.

The former jewellery maker said she feels proud of what her body achieved.

Initially, Ms Spink's goal was to get past six months - but it soon evolved into two years, and after that she wanted to see how far she could go with it.

She claims her daughter Charlotte is healthy and rarely falls sick, crediting the beneficial properties of breast milk. 

Ms Spink is now a breastfeeding counsellor, saying she wants to break stereotypes around 'being on the boob' for older children.

According to Ministry of Health NZ, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until babies reach six months. 

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