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Debate Score:178
Arguments:104
Total Votes:210
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Is there an appropriate age to stop breast feeding?

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YES

Side Score: 90
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NO

Side Score: 88

When all you can get out of the breast is a snack, then you should stop and start eating regular food.

For example, if the woman depicted was built like Dolly Parton, she should be able to provide enough milk for the 3 year old and his friends. In that case, it should be strongly encouraged ;)

Side: YES
4 points

Yes, regardless of social implications. For the exact same reason that babies should be weaned from dummies (or pacifier) and bottles. It can interfere with tooth growth, causing abnormalities (it can cause a cross bite or an over bite that can extend to the second set of teeth). It can also cause a higher rate of tooth decay.

There's a reason why they say until 3, exactly the same reason for discarding dummies and bottles.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/dailycare/dummy&teethexpert;/

Side: YES
3 points

Didn't a female teacher go to jail for doing something like that with a kid about that age?

I'm not sure what that kid's future is going to be like but Norman Bates comes to mind.

Side: YES
3 points

Relating a situation of a female teacher to a mother is really a far stretch. Unless the student was the child of the teacher, that story is irrelevant.

Side: NO
iamdavidh(4856) Disputed
4 points

You're right. Incest is creepier >< .........................................

Side: YES

Yes it hhink so when a 5 year old is sitting there and yeah its gonna mess him up later in life so yeah

Side: YES
3 points

YESSSSSSSSSSS COME ON PEOPLE ! THAT'S DISTURBING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: YES

When you have no more milk in your boobs, it's time to stop...

Side: YES
3 points

The production of milk in the female breast will continue as long as the consumption continues.

Side: NO
2 points

That's usually true.

Though many women have biological issues beyond their control where they stop producing milk, cannot produce enough, produce bad batches or simply cannot breastfeed at all. All which can happen regardless if the woman is trying to breastfeed or not.

(Note: I want to clarify, I am on the "no" side, I do not object to this).

Side: NO
2 points

Yes, do you see full grown animals breast feeding? No. We shouldn't either. Why would you anyway?

Side: YES
2 points

YESSSS!!!!!!!!! whats the piont of having your boobs being sucked on when youre kid is old enough to be in school and feed himself?? And besides i think that ummm... it would be kinda awkward for your 15 year old kid to come down and say there hungry ;)

Side: YES
2 points

When they have a mouth full of teeth. It is time to stop!

Side: YES
2 points

there is an appropriate age i dont want my child to have memories of breast feeding thats just wrong

Side: YES
1 point

Children don't remember breast feeding as a sexual act, this is your assumption. They only remember as food.

Side: NO
whispywind(25) Disputed
1 point

Yes but as the child develops it will see it this way and also as you say they'll see it as food ; it would be conflicting for them, and if their peers find out the child might be bullied.

Side: YES
GeneralLee(134) Disputed
1 point

That's only while they are young. Sooner or later it becomes a sexual act.

Side: YES
1 point

Yes, although it's not a "number" it's an "age" as in a level of maturity and self reliance that is too high.

Once a child is capable of riding a bike we have obviously seen the age to stop has been reached (actually passed).

I would venture to say that if the child can open a refrigerator and get a beverage for themselves you've probably passed the "age" as well.

Supporting Evidence: Scrubs on Breastfeeding (youtu.be)
Side: YES
1 point

Yeah, I'm sorry, but this is just wrong. You shouldn't be breastfeeding your kid if he's old enough to eat food.

Side: YES
1 point

I don't know much about breasrmilk but I know that it is very important for a growing child but I also know that too much of everything is bad so I think that preferably at the age of three,a cgild should be weaned off breastmilk.

Side: YES
1 point

Since when did you see a full sized animal being fed by it's mom. Oh wait, you don't. It's plain and simple, it isn't natural. There is a time when a kid needs to start eating and drinking. Breast feeding is only to get the baby started, not to make him live on it for the rest of his life.

Side: YES
-1 points

Yes and no .

No because as long as there is milk actually coming out , then I guess its fine because its going to use .

But also , yes , because the child needs to learn to drink actual liquids like water , juice , and other stuff . Plus its also just .....wrong .....the child will grow up perverted :/

Side: YES
TheThinker(1713) Disputed
2 points

You have to understand the word "perverted." Perverted is a perceptional view....it depends on different people. If a society do allow this, they don't see it as perverted.

There was this one video on youtube. It was a dancing competition. And it was this little girl dancing to beyonce. She was dressed and danced in a way where America would call "slutty" and "wrong." But to Europe, it is just a little girl dancing to one of their favorite songs. And to the little girl, those dance moves where you smack your butt are just silly dance moves to her.

Things becomes perverted when it comes to a perverted mind.

So overall, i have to say that perceptions isn't written in a black permanent marker for everybody to follow. In fact, as stated by google, perversion is sexual behavior that is considered to be abnormal or unacceptable. To you breast feeding a child is perversion but not to others. And i can respect that. If you read my first comment, i too find it "ew."

Side: NO

I like squeezing lactating breast milk all over my chest..., Am I perverted ;)

Side: YES
0 points

A child can breast feed AND eat solid food and drink other liquids it not one or the other. No one knows what "causes" a person to be perverted, plus "perversion" is subjective. Some people are gay are they perverted? Some consider finding the pregnant form attractive is perverted, or having sex with more then one person at once or sodomy or oral these are all examples of perversion to someone. In my opinion have an obsession with breast is really not that big a deal.

Side: NO
4 points

Many people are freaking out about the breastfeeding a 3 year old Times cover. Sure it's a bit odd in the United States, but it's not harming the kid or the mother, the benefits only continue. It's not child molestation just because he's 3.

I think they're learning breasts aren't just sexual, in fact it seems this way they're learning breasts provide food first and then learning society finds them sexually appealing.

Anthropologists concur that different types of mammals use different methods for determining a weaning period. The main two methods are body weight/body size and the appearance of the molar tooth. Not the age of their offspring. But when the math is done, in human years that's somewhere between 1.5 - 7 years.

Even if we were the only ones who did it, so what? There really isn't a danger to drinking breastmilk that isn't there when they were an infant.

They prefer to drink breastmilk, why does it need a more valid reason than that? Socially, they should be drinking out of sippy cups or regular cups by then. Would you care if they were drinking their mothers breastmilk in the cup instead of cow's milk?

The way I see it, sure it's odd, I wouldn't be letting my kid breastfeed beyond 2, but if they preferred my milk, I'd pump it out for them. But if that mom and child have no problem, isn't it their prerogative?

People, calm down, we can survive a boob.

Side: NO
2 points

just have to say i love your comment. :)

Side: NO
2 points

Why thank you. : )

Side: NO
2 points

To whoever down-voted my post:

I have to say, I think I would much prefer someone down-voting AND disputing my post than simply down vote without a dispute. Could you at least tell me why you disapprove of my post?

Side: NO

The correct age is really determined only by free people who make these decisions based on subjective values. In this case, the mother and her mother choose to breast feed until 6, which is perfectly fine. Society may view a three year child breast feeding as disgusting, yet there is nothing wrong with it as long as it has no sexual implications. Free people making the best decisions for their own personal life, which is the foundation of human action.

Side: NO
BenWalters(1513) Clarified
3 points

Do you believe that something be just & fair, yet inappropriate?

Side: YES
2 points

Absolutely Not, free people making decisions for their own individual lives.

Something inappropriate is talking in the library or cell phone ringer on in the theater.

Side: YES

Amen brother! I could not agree more! ---------------------------------------------------------

Side: NO
Kamekaze(209) Clarified
2 points

Why did you say "Amen"?

You're not praying you know.

Anyway, PrayerFails is Anti-Praying, sierrafalse.

Side: YES
nummi(1435) Disputed
2 points

6 years old and still breastfeeding? Are you mad?

The first memories that people have are from time around 3 years old. That is the UTMOST age when breastfeeding may still be allowed but after that it will be VERY VERY WRONG, and should be forbidden. A person must NOT have memories of him/herself clinging to a breast and feeding!

Side: YES
LokiLoks(25) Disputed
3 points

You're saying it should be FORBIDDEN? So, we're going to send guys with guns to take a child away from her mother if she does it?

How about frowned upon, or socially unacceptable to the point of ostracism or counciled against?

Side: NO
1 point

THANK YOU!!!!! The last thing i want to think about is being 6 years old sucking on my moms breast, that would be ummm very disturbing!!! Honestly i dont want to depend on my motheres breast when im hungry.

Side: YES
Akulakhan(2973) Disputed
2 points

You didn't ask if there should be a law to stop women from breast feeding children after a certain age, you asked if there is an appropriate age to stop breast feeding. Now tell me, when do you think would be the appropriate age to stop breast feeding?

Side: YES
whispywind(25) Disputed
1 point

I totly agree with people making their own decisions but this the development of a child and i think its not only disgusting but damaging on the childs mental development especially for a boy

Side: YES
3 points

NO! THERE IS NOT!

MUMMY!!! WHERE'S MY BITTY!

Side: NO
1 point

Gayy

Someone downvoted me.

Gayy

Side: NO
2 points

I don't believe there is a "correct" age to stop breastfeeding. I also don't believe it has to be a hard stop. Is three too old? I don't think so...but certainly by the time a child is in Kindergarten, they should be weened from the breast.

Side: NO
2 points

The idea of freedom is to allow people make the best decisions for their own individual lives.

Side: NO
1 point

Shame that so many don't support freedom like nummi above.

Side: NO
nummi(1435) Disputed
1 point

The thing going on above wasn't enough and you had to add something as pointless as your comment down here?

Shame you're such an idiot.

Honestly, it's best you don't claim knowing someone you clearly don't. It just shows how stupid you are.

Side: YES
0 points

True, to some people such as nummi, freedom scares them because of making independent decisions. These people like being told what to do; hence, they have no brain to think for themselves.

Side: NO

The topic of debate depends. Im not a psychologist but if there is any psychology that is programmed in our head from the start of birth that will guareentee you trauma by drinking milk from your mother's breast all your life....then i will support yes.

I can't guareentee this but what if i decided to get breast feeded from my own mom. The thought not only grosses me out but the way society has taught me, i would feel immense "wrong." But is it really wrong?

I say if there isn't any trauma connected to this and the child becomes fuctional to society, i will allow it. Though because of how i was raised, i will never allow my children (future children) to be breasted feeded if they are five, or if they are 15. I will never allow it because the thought "ews" me and i do feel the aura of "wrong." If you don't think so, then that is your opinion and i respect that. :)

Edit. I do have to say what if a 15 year old drank from her mother's breast, is it wrong? No, if there is no harm to the mother or child. And that is what i believe we have to resort to when we think about these things...harm. Does it cause harm? If it did cause harm, then yes, it is wrong. And what do we mean by harm? Nipple bruises...lol. Well, the harm i generally mean is psychological harm. If there is any psychology harm, then i vote against it. I wouldn't worry about small physical harm like bruises because that to me is not major. And sometimes things that cause phsyical pain is good for you, like excercise.

Side: NO
1 point

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Side: NO
1 point

Surely, this can't be photo shopped?! That kid, is not old enough to appreciate that!

Side: NO
1 point

If that was my mommy in the picture, I would say 18 years old is about right.

Side: NO
1 point

No, I dont think this is right. I totally disagree. But to each its own I guess

Side: NO