And she has no plans on stopping.
We’ve all seen the controversial magazine covers. We have all read the extended breastfeeding debate. And we all know the inevitable uproar whenever any topic like attachment parenting is criticised, or whenever co-sleeping or controlled crying or bottle-feeding or the use of pacifiers is discussed.
So it’s almost surprising that women like Maha Al Musa are still making headlines. You would kind of think we’d all have gotten over it by now.
But no. Today’s issue of Woman’s Day magazine features an interview with Maha that has spawned fresh stories of breathless shock.
In the story, her daughter Aminah tells the magazine, “Sometimes it tastes like candy canes. It tastes like a lot of different things.”
Because the fact of the matter is that in today’s society, extended breastfeeding IS unusual – and Maha Al Musa ISN’T your ordinary mother.
Aside from being 52 years old and having her third child when she turned 46, Maha Al Musa is a belly dancing guru – a doula – a ‘human rights activist’ and probably what she is best known for – a breastfeeding mother.
Possibly right now you are wondering more about the belly dancing than the breastfeeding. Well that’s because the unusual part of this hasn’t been made clear just yet.
Maha Al Musa is an advocate of extended breastfeeding, which she likes to call ‘continual breastfeeding’.
She says she has no plans to stop and as long as her daughter wishes to continue then she will too.
Even if her daughter wants to still breastfeed at the age of 10.
Her daughter Aminah is turning seven this year.
Maha has told Mamamia that her daughter still nurses morning and night.
She tells Mamamia that back in the 1980’s when she was a teacher at a Melbourne School, there was a special ‘lunch time breastfeeding room’ for some of the Turkish mothers who used to come and nurse their children.
“At no time did we think this was odd or crazy or indeed exceptional, the school just catered for these mums as a natural and normal requirement. We seem to have gone backwards as we have moved in to the 21st century. That I think is an oddity.”
To see more of Maha’s lifestyle, click through the gallery below. Post continues after gallery.