Lauredhel has a fantastic post at Hoyden About Town on the strange case of Salma Hayek's breastfeeding. Apparently the fact that she is "still" breastfeeding her daughter at 14 months of age is not only news-worthy it is also cringe-worthy for many many people. Harsh judgements have been made; that Hayek is somehow unhinged, abusing her child, and of course (most importantly) not keeping her breasts available for their much more important role, namely being a passive and willing recipient of lustful gazes. Actually, judging by some of the comments Lauredhel has gathered, many are still indulging in said leering, but somehow the idea that there is a little girl also accessing those boobies gets in the way of their mental masturbation. It must be hard to be them.
Like Undomestic Goddess before me, I'm now in the land of "why haven't you weaned yet". Wriggly is over 10 months old and while we've significantly reduced the feeds since I went back to work, and a lot of people are keen that I give up altogether for my own health, he's still getting his breakfast drink from me. We had a lot of trouble to start with and now I really want to make it to a year. I'm not sure quite why, I just do. I don't think Wriggly would mind much either way; he gets very excited now when he sees the milky bottle coming his way at lunch and dinner times.
Having read Lauredhel's excellent summation of the situation for Salma Hayek I'm now wondering if there are people I know personally who think I'm somehow abusing my son by continuing to breastfeed him. :-(