Russell Wilson jokingly said Ciara should stop breastfeeding.
When is the right time to stop breastfeeding your child? The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding a child for at least two years, but the average mother stops nursing their baby after six months. Wilson might believe Ciara is a month past that mark.
Ciara gave birth to the couple’s second child seven months ago. On a now-expired video on Instagram Stories posted this week, Russell told Ci it’s time to hang up breastfeeding. “What did you say about breastfeeding,” Ciara asks, urging Wilson to repeat what he said off-camera.
“I said it’s time…time to give it up,” the Seattle Seahawks quarterback responds. “I mean, he’s old enough; his nutrition is good. It’s time…you’re being selfish now at this point. No more late nights. [It’s] you and I.” Ciara replied, “He needs to nutrition.” Russell responds, “Let me feed.”
In the caption, Ciara wrote, “LOL. When dad’s over breastfeeding.”
While the Wilsons are more than able to make decisions for their own family, recommendations vary. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests mothers breastfeed for the first six months of a child’s life and continue until the age of one. The organization states that breastfeeding can go on “for as long as you and your baby would like.” (Doing so is known as “extended breastfeeding,” reports Yahoo! News.)
“Our culture can sometimes project a somewhat limited view of acceptable breastfeeding practices; while nursing toddlers are becoming a more common sight, they still occasionally provoke comments and stares from uninformed adults,” states the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When deciding how long to breastfeed your child, a more valid yardstick than public opinion is your own child’s approach to nursing and your own feelings about it.”
For the mothers out there, when did you stop breastfeeding?