The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler), says she still breastfeeds her three and a half year old son. I've heard of people breastfeeding as long as four, but that still creeps me out.
The former Blossom star wrote a parenting book called "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide To Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way."
In the book, Bialik writes that she still breastfeeds her toddler son and along with her husband, they allow him and their six-year-old son to sleep on two mattresses on the ground with them every night. They live in a one bedroom house and there is no playroom for their sons because the couple does not believe in supplying their children with expensive toys.
I didn't even have Mia in a bassinet in my bedroom because I was afraid I'd never sleep because it would be too easy for me to check on her everytime she made a sound. That and my bedroom is just too small. I couldn't imagine having her sleep in our bed. Don't pediatricians tell you that's a bad idea anyway? I remember being warned against that in the parenting classes I attended. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatics found that babies who share a bed with their parents are almost 3 times as likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome than those who sleep on their own.
Bialik, who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, says the sleeping arrangement, though challenging to her intimate relationship with her husband, is nice because it allows her to nurse on demand and attend to her children's needs all hours of the night.
Everyone has a different plan or idea of the "right way" to parent. I want to stick to the safest plan for my baby even if that may mean giving a little in the attachment department.