P R E S S
UK: Daily Mail/Femail/Barbara Davies 12 Mar 2010
CANADA: Cyber Presse/Sophie Allard 27 Feb 2010
Google English translation (terrible!)
CANADA: La Presse/Sophie Allard 26 Feb 2010
GERMANY: Der Freitag 26 Feb 2010
UK: Camden New Journal/Tom Foot 18 Feb 2010-04-03
GERMANY: Sueddeutsche 14 Feb 2010
UK: Metro 1 Feb 2010
USA: San Francisco Chronicle 21 Jan 2010-04-03
IRELAND: Irish Independent, feature 19th Jan 2010
UK: The Guardian/Family Section, feature 9th Jan 2010
R A D I O
UK: Contribution: Radio Leeds/ Liz Green Show 30 April 2010 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p007hpcn/Liz_Green_30_04_2010/
IRELAND: Interview: Gerry Kelly/LMFM radio 16 Feb 2010
IRELAND: Interview: Sean Moncrieff/Newstalk Radio, 21 Jan 2010
UK: Interview: BBC Radio Leeds/Johnathan I’Anson 19th Jan 2010
IRELAND: Interview: Radio 4FM, Gareth O’Callaghan 16th Jan 2010
IRELAND: Interview: Kerry Today/John Greene 14th Jan 2010
FRANCE/GERMANY: Documentary: Arte/Yourope – 17.45 16 May 2010 http://www.arte.tv/fr/europeens/Yourope/3013928.html
IRELAND: Interview: TV3/Ireland AM/Mark Cagney – 8.15am Wed 12 May 2010: http://www.tv3.ie/videos.php?video=22418&locID=1.65.74&date=2010-05-12&date_mode=&page=1&show_cal=&newspanel=&showspanel=&web_only=&full_episodes=ds.
UK: LK Today/GMTV, 25 Jan 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcQc7eTJ9s
WEBSITES / BLOGS
USA: The Natural Child Project, Jan Hunt’s Amazon review 1 Apr 2010
At last! Breastfeeding Older Children is a book that should never have been necessary to write, but in our age of mistrust of children and disregard for nature’s infinite wisdom, it was both profoundly necessary to write and long overdue. How fortunate that the book we now have was so thoroughly researched and engagingly written! Breastfeeding Older Children can make a critical difference for children and for the physical and psychological health of our world. It is my deepest hope that it is widely read and that its urgent message is taken to heart. http://www.naturalchild.org/shop/books/breastfeeding_older_children.html
UK: Mothers Over 40, Jan Anderson’s Amazon review, April 2010:
As the mother of a daughter who was breastfed until the age of four, I welcome this book, which I feel fills a huge gap in the market of standard breastfeeding publications.
I applaud Ann Sinnott for tackling this controversial topic. In my view, the only reason it is contentious is because of the association between women’s breasts and sexual gratification, whereas the only reason women were endowed with breasts was to nurture babies.
The author writes about the rarely embraced issue of extended breastfeeding in a candid, in-depth and compelling way, which hopefully will help to reassess society’s blinkered views on an important part of parenting that offers countless benefits to a child.
It is only in Western society where it appears that the most natural part of nurturing a child seems to be regarded as an unacceptable activity of which to be ashamed, rather than encouraged.
This book clearly shows that women do not continue to breastfeed for their own gratification (as some critics might suggest), but that they have simply allowed their child to make that choice him/herself. As anyone who has ever attempted to breastfeed a baby will know, you cannot force an unwilling child to take milk from the breast. It is generally societal/family pressure that causes many women to force their babies off the breast prematurely.
The author covers every aspect that one could possibly consider with regard to breastfeeding older children. In addition to including the experiences of parents from 48 countries around the world, she draws on extensive research, exposes myths and discusses the link between breasts and sex. She also highlights the challenges faced by breastfeeding long-term and uncovers the rarely publicised health risks of formula milk.
The book reveals hidden statistics, which show that many more mothers are breastfeeding toddlers and older children than is currently documented. This could be because of some parents’ reluctance to speak openly about this for fear of harsh judgement.
From personal experience, I can clearly see the benefits my daughter has derived. She is a happy, healthy, socially mature, well-balanced and extremely intelligent young lady. She is never ill and her schoolteachers (amongst others) constantly marvel at her abilities. The academic levels she is attaining exceed those expected of a 10-year-old by several years. Nevertheless, whilst she was still being breastfed, I was constantly asked, “Are you still doing THAT?”
When the author’s daughter was a toddler, even she questioned her own feelings about breastfeeding an older child. She said, “…..finally I understood that my reactions were founded on nothing more than prejudice and cultural assumptions.”
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is feeling ambivalent about continuing to breastfeed and would also suggest it as a bible for health visitors, doctors and psychologists and, indeed, anyone who works closely with parents and children. http://www.mothersover40.com/books.html
CANADA: Moboleez 31 Mar 2010 http://www.moboleez.com/breastfeedingolderchildren/
UK: Mumsnet Webchat 26 March 2010 http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/mumsnet_live_events/933467-Live-webchat-with-Ann-Sinnott-author-of-Breastfeeding-Older-Children
USA: Salon.Com 15 Mar 2010 http://www.salon.com/life/motherhood/index.html?story=/mwt/broadsheet/2010/03/15/breastfeeding_too_long
CANADA: Breastfeeding Moms Unite! 11 Mar 2010 http://www.breastfeedingmomsunite.com/2010/03/book-review-breastfeeding-older-children/