Mom Breastfeeding 7-Month-Old, 3-Year-Old and 5-Year-Old: Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Breastfeeding three children at the same time is not for everybody, mentally or physically, but that's what Wales mother Samantha Williams proudly does.

She announced this last week, with an interesting footnote:

Only one of the three kids is a baby.

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Samantha is nursing her 7-month-old. Her 3-year-old. AND her 5-year-old, She uses a technique called "tandem nursing" of her baby and two older kids.

Only two can latch on at any one time, after all.

Naturally, reaction to her story was mixed. Is she a poster woman for breastfeeding? Taking it too far with the older kids? A little of both, perhaps?

Do children three and five years old, happy as they seem above, require nursing at that stage of life? Does it hold them back, rather than help them?

Regardless of the varying opinions on whether breastfeeding children until ages three and five is smart, some questioned its impact on the 7-month-old.

Is it better to have a mother whose body is working overtime for three kids in every way? Is having a mom who never gets to just shut off a benefit?

It's her choice, regarding the toll it takes on her own body, but is it fair to the kids? Spreading herself too thin has to be a concern, doesn't it?

Follow the link to read Williams' defense of her unorthodox approach, then share your comments on this story with us in the comment section below ...

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7 mo old ok but a 3 and 5 year old come on thats ridiculous!! Im s mother and did not breastfeed for my own reasons, i have nothing against it but you ate setting your kids up for disaster later in life.

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her breastfeeding her children is her choice. if she feels thats what is best for her children, then so be it. a womans body produces enough nutrients as long as she eats correctly and enough calories which i'm sure she is doing. if someone has never breast fed a child for a few months, i feel they shouldn't have a comment becuase they know nothing about breastfeeding. and to heather who talks about ''flopping it out anywhere,'' what is wrong with that? would you eat your food in a restroom or closet? should a mother that bottle feeds her child go to a restroom or closet to feed her child? the answers to these questions are no. breastfeeding is 100 percent natural and normal. i don't understand why people think it is so disgusting or bad. it is the healthiest for babies so get over it. so to the mom breast feeding 3 kids, good for you. it takes a lot to do that!

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It seems weird to me, but she's a parent that's her decision. And there's is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public heather, is it wrong to feed ur child in public? No. Same concept only with breasts. Not a big issue

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So much ignorance in the world about breastfeeding...

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@ KMK

I agree.

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Oh just let her be! She knows what's best for her kids and if she feels breastfeeding is best, than more power to her for being able to.

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And she is probably one of those moms that's thinks its ok to flop it out where ever disgusting

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@ Heather

And you're probably one of those people who flops out their sensitivities on other, how disgusting.

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@ Heather

Heather, it's hard for me to say this respectfully- you are very ignorant. Did you say you have kids? And breastfed them? I personally, use a cover to nurse but I certainly don't think I have to. For servers out there that feel uncomfortable- tell that to my screaming hungry baby. It is difficult to pump and use a bottle while main ring a healthy feeding cycle for those of you who don't know- skipping feedings can make moms very sick and they can even die from it! The utter ignorance of you all is unbelievable! I'm not feeding my daughter in a gross bathroom stall. You get to eat in public and so should my babe! How is it in appropriate??? Get over being uncomfortable!! Are you uncomfortable around the elderly or people who need special care? Just so ignorant and selfish. I hope wherever you are, moms "whip it out" in restaurants and malls and anywhere possible to normalize this totally normal and natural thing.

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@ Robyn

I used to go in the car..... (?)

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@ Heather

Right! I dont think thats right to do that, i worked as a server in a restraunt n had severL occasions that it happened! Im not comfortable w it just being me and im a mother! In your home or a designated area ok but come on you cant just whip it out n think its ok thats indecent exposure in my eyes! I mean dont ppl get arrested for that? Lol

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@ Nikki

Indecent exposure? Really? Ignorance...

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@ ashley

Yeah, it can be - it's still your breast after all. Just because you're breastfeeding doesn't exempt you from normal rules of society, such as "don't expose yourself in restaurants".

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@ Heather

next time you want to eat, go to a restroom, closet, or hide under a blanket. see how you like it. you more than likely won't. what about bottle feeding moms? do they need to go hide too? i didn't think so. breastfeeding is normal, natural, and the way babies were intended to eat. #normalizebreastfeeding

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@ ashley

Look, if you have no baby with you, you cannot expose your breasts in public. The fact that you are feeding a baby does not change that - sorry. And a nursing shirt or a light blanket is not going to smother your child - we cover car seats and strollers all the time, don't we now. This attitude of "it's my baby, if you don't like it screw you" is offensive and selfish. Modesty, dear - look it up.

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@ ashley

Sorry i want to go out to eat and enjoy myself not watch someone whip their tit out as "normal" as yall say it is its uncomfortable for me and others around especially when eating and its called pump or a bottle. Im a mother of 2 so i understand but come on i wouldnt want my kids watching!

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@ Heather

I think she should have the right to breastfeed wherever food is acceptable to enjoy. Would you like to go hide or eat under a blanket? I think not. As for her kids being 3 and 5? That I don't agree with really, but I don't know the full story so I can't judge.
btw, I'm a mom of 3 and have never breastfed.

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@ Heather

I'm one of those moms. My baby's hunger satisfaction is far more important than your precious eyes. Get over it. And if that's so offensive to you, please re-think your own wardrobe - we don't need to see YOUR cleavage and butt crack.

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@ Heather

its the law she can flop it out wherever, n its not disgusting when a mother feeds her child, its a natural thing. and no I didn't breast feed neither of my kids. should have but didn't!!!

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3-and 5 year olds are a bit too much...................
THE KIDS MUST LEARN TO STAND UP IN THE REAL WORLD..............this isn't.

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@ abe

You're obviously a parenting expert.