A mum-of-four has defended her right to breastfeed her 4-year-old daughter, who is starting school in September.
Leanne Allerton, of Grimsby, has taken to YouTube to debate with critics who have slammed her for breastfeeding her daughter Poppy, aged four.
You can watch Leanne and Poppy in the video footage below:
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Allerton has amassed a loyal following on YouTube after documenting the development of all four of her children, the eldest of whom is now eight, over the years.
This latest video has been watched over 1 million times, at the time of writing, and some of the comments, courtesy of keyboard warriors, are less than complimentary of this mother’s parenting skills.
Morgan White said:
How do you expect your child to grow and prosper socially when they are still relying on your boobs for sustenance? This isn’t natural. This is not wanting your child to grow up. It’s not necessary. It’s sickening honestly.
Leanne responded to the critics, saying:
…I think being a mum is hard work whether you are breastfeeding or using formula milk. People say to me that Poppy relies on me too much but it is not about that.
It’s our time and it benefits her. It is just our routine and our life and it’s just the way it is.
Allerton is supported by the Channel Mum network of which she is a part, as well as her husband, Lee, 30.
While filming the details of your private life certainly opens you up to criticism, it doesn’t seem like Leanne will be changing her – perfectly natural – habits and parenting style for anyone on YouTube.
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