According to Sharon Spink, her five-year-old daughter is just a normal kid.
She likes all the usual things five-year-old girls do – she just also likes her regular dose of ‘mummy’s milk’ too.
Sharon Spink is causing widespread controversy in the UK after fronting several major newspapers and TV shows discussing the fact she still breastfeeds her five-year-old daughter.
“I’ve breast fed in the hairdresser’s, supermarket and church before,” Sharon Spink said in an interview with the UK’s The Sun. “I’ve even breast fed Charlotte in front of her school friends. Children don’t judge. It tends to be adults who do that. But thankfully their parents are all very supportive.”
Sharon Spink is a 44-year-old mother of four, who says she breastfeeds Charlotte as it is comforting for her daughter, but she also knows it has nutritional value.
She told the UK radio program LBC, “If I know full well that I’m doing her the world of good by giving her the added nutritional value and antibodies and all sorts of things that she does get in her diet but it’s adding to that as well, over and above what she would normally get in her daily food intake.”
Sharon likens it to broccoli.
“Those benefits don’t go away just because the child has got to five. It’s like saying broccoli suddenly loses all its nutritional value because you’re now 30 years old.”
For Sharon, there is no definite age she feels will be necessary to stop feeding her daughter. In fact, at the moment she feels to stop nursing her would be cruel.
She told The Sun, “It’s like taking away her favourite teddy, would you do that to a child? Would you take her favourite toy?”
In an appearance on the show ITV’s This Morning she told the presenter that her daughter would not be able to continue feeding aged 11 or 12 because her mouth would become too large.
Sharon Spink’s decision to go public on this has sparked controversy, with social media divided on whether this was beneficial for her daughter or not.
Little Britain star David Walliams bought into the debate by posting the one word tweet “bitty..’ in reference to his 20-something character, Harvey Pincher, who continues to ask for his mother’s ‘bitty’ so that he can have breast milk.