Wonder Years star Danica McKellar has opened up about how she breastfed her son until the age of two-and-a-half.A champion of attachment parenting - which often involves breastfeeding a child through their toddler years and sleeping in the same bed as them - Ms McKellar joins the likes of stars including Alanis Morissette and Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik, who both openly sing its praises.
'Cuddling, being close, you know, sleeping in the same bed sometimes, wearing him in a sling, long-term breastfeeding, all have to have this closeness,' the 38-year-old told ABC News.
Attached parenting: Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar, 38, has opened up about why she breastfed her son Draco until he was two and a half years old. 'I love being close with him,' she said
For Ms KcKellar, it's about that special bond that she shares with her son, whom she finally weaned just a few weeks ago, which was a 'big transition' for both mother and child.'Probably more for me than for him!' she admitted. 'I just sensed that it was time that he needed to be a little more independent.'
Closeness: For Ms KcKellar, it's about that special bond that she shares with her son, whom she finally weaned just a few weeks ago, which was a 'big transition' for both mother and child
Some critics have claimed that the unconventional parenting method can cause future behavioral problems in children.But Ms McKellar insists there is a difference between closeness and spoiling.'[I] bring him into the bed with me sometimes at night and we snuggle and go to sleep together,' she said. '[It's] the cutest thing in the world. I love being close with him.'But, she adds, 'doing everything your child wants you to do right when they want you to do it is another thing.'Still, breastfeeding a child past their second birthday can create awkward situations, especially since he or she can ask to be fed instead of merely crying when they are hungry.Fortunately, Ms McKellar and her son had a secret word to indicate when he wanted to nurse. 'He would say, "Nam nams?"' she explained.But that didn't stop her from attracting unwanted attention when she breastfed her child. 'In restaurants sometimes, [even though] I always had a nursing shield, I would get looks,' she recalls.'You can't let that stuff get to you,' she added.Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik has also voiced her support for the parenting technique, even going so far as to write a book, titled Beyond the Sling, about it.And in May 2012, singer Alanis Morissette confessed that she would continue to breastfeed her son, who was 17-months-old at the time, until 'whenever he wants'.
Other supporters: Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik has written a book, titled Beyond the Sling, about attached parenting
She told ABC News: 'It's up to the child. I will stop when he says it's time to stop.'
'It's up to the child': In May 2012, singer Alanis Morissette (pictured with husband Mario Treadway) said she would continue to breastfeed her son, who was 17 months old at the time, until 'whenever he wants'
Still, these women all acknowledge the fact that the practices they have used may not work for all mothers. 'You can breastfeed as long as it works for both you and your child,' said Ms McKellar.'For me it was two and a half and for you it might be three and a half or three months or whatever it is that works.'
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