A mother who breastfeeds her four-year-old and films it for her YouTube channel has been forced to defend herself against those who say she is exploiting her son.
Every day, Sophie Rose wakes up to the suckling of her son, Shaye.
Throughout the day she continues to allow him to nurse, when is upset, tired, needs comfort or whenever he demands. She feeds him to sleep and allows him to nurse throughout the night.
British mum Sophie Emma Rose, 40, lives in Chiang Mai in Thailand with her new partner Danny, and her four-year-old son.
It’s her quest to stop people feeling uncomfortable about breastfeeding of children beyond toddlerhood that drives her to posts videos of her breastfeeding journey with her son.
She hopes what she is doing is helping to normalise extended breastfeeding.
“I want other mothers to feel confident about feeding older children” she says as Shaye feeds.
“I also want mothers to not feel shame and to feel they could do it wherever they want and have no negative comments or fear.”
She tells Mamamia she makes videos " lots of them" to show "that it is a normal everyday thing for our family, not something strange or controversial."
She calls her milk "almost like a perfectly formed multi vitamin and mineral supplement."
She says she believes that children should breastfeed until they are eight as it is important.
“As well as the nutritional value of breast milk, you also let your child know in a very physical way that you are there for them. It's about the comfort and emotional connection” she explains.
In her videos she explains that her YouTube channel – which has had more than eight million views – is a part of her mission to make breastfeeding in public and of older children an everyday part of life.
“I think the work I'm doing affirms other mums who want to breastfeed older kids or babies. I feel the act of me breastfeeding without shame on YouTube sends the message out that it is okay.”
"Attachment parenting is about treating a child with dignity and respect and meeting their emotional needs fully. Practices like co-sleeping and breastfeeding make a child feel close and reassured.”
In a video where she explores the idea of having sex around children she says that when she was with Shaye’s father, and Shaye was younger she hadn’t thought twice about continuing her love making even if he entered the room.