“Badass Breastfeeder” says she’s going to keep nursing her 3-year-old

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CHICAGO, IL (KTVI) – Breastfeeding in public – it’s one of those topics that everyone seems to have an opinion about.

Well, one Chicago woman has become an advocate on the topic. She has hundreds of thousands of people following her online. She’s known as the “Badass Breastfeeder.”

Abby Theuring nurses both of her children, ages 3 weeks and 3 years old.  Her message is about promoting nursing, especially in public.   Her website, Badass Breastfeeder.com is all about ‘attachment parenting.’






  • "Opinionated"

    Breastfeeding is a natural part of raising children….as long as it is done with class and dignity.

  • Bob

    Does the 3 year old still wear diapers and puts his thumb in his mouth (can’t use the “s” word, the automated censor doesn’t allow it). My guess is that he still does.

  • JoAnn Tipton Mason

    By the age of 3 a child should be eating and drinking on it’s own. At that age it’s no longer about the child, it’s the Mom that wants to continue breast feeding.. I support breastfeeding and being able to do so in public, but there’s no way I would have a 3 year old hanging off of my breasts..JIM.

  • April

    Michael Jordon’s mother breastfef him until he was 3 years old. I heard not one negative comment or ridicule towards his mother about her choice. It’s not about the mother, it’s about meeting the child’s need for comfort….and believe it it not, breast milk does not all of a sudden lose it’s nutritional properties after one year of age. Let’s support each mom and child in their decisions about breastfeeding.

    • Julene Waters

      My granddaughter is 21/2 and still is breastfed in the morning and at night and if she gets injured it calms her. She speaks better than a lot of adults, and is an amazing child! I wish I would have breastfed my children longer. If I would have had the support of WIC I might have. Moms and babies are so lucky to have this support system!

  • Anneke

    3 is a perfectly reasonable age to breastfeed. The world average is 5.
    Clearly none of you people knows what nursing a toddler is like. My older son nursed until almost three for comfort and closeness and if he still wanted to nurse now, I would. He chose when he wanted to stop. It’s not like nursing moms are nursing to the exclusion of other food and drink.

    If you think nursing a toddler is weird or strictly for the mom, you are just unaware of what a nursing relationship is.

    • KAY

      The average age is 5 because those women live in places where there is not enough food to adequately supply nourishment to their children! So unless you can’t provide food to your toddler, you can’t really compare yourself to the ‘majority’ of women in the 3rd world.

  • Kaitlin

    I support her decision to breastfeed as long as she likes. With all mothers its a personal choice. As an expecting mother intending to breastfeed I only plan to continue to the age of 8 months. For me breastfeeding to the age of three is ridiculous but thats my decision for me.

    • Kayla

      This is so true! Its more about comfort and security at that age but even still. The average is 5 world wide and even the formula feeding past the first year is uncommon the world health organization recommendation is til age 2 and then after that as long as mother and child choose

    • Angie

      Taken from the American Academy of Pediatrics website: “Babies should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby. Breastfeeding should be supported by your physician for as long as it is the right choice for you and your baby.”
      I think there is enough hate in the world without hating on this mother. Even if extended breast feeding is not for your family, it does not make it wrong for another. Perhaps we should try supporting each other. Parenting is a hard job and it is easier with support.

  • Natasha

    I love Abby!!! She’s making waves in normalizing public breastfeeding and I commend her for it!
    ‘As long as mutually desired by mother and baby’ is recommended, so all you people on the internet have no opinion on their nursing relationship and it looks quite mutual since she isn’t forcing him to do anything.
    #badassbreastfeeding #getalifepeeps

  • McDonnell Dino

    Breastfeeding a 3 year old is a sexual fetish nothing more. Those who say it is ok as long as mutually desired by mother and baby are just hiding this fetish a 3 year old has no idea what he or she’s mother is doing. At what point does it become sexual abuse because of the mothers desire?

  • Jessica

    Some of you people are so uneducated. Sexual fetish by the mom? Have you ever nursed a baby that doesn’t want to be nursed? It doesn’t happen!!! The world recommends breastfeeding until 4 not because its in countries that can’t afford food because Australia and Europe and top countries that support extended nursing. Just because American society says its wrong to nurse past a year doesnt mean that breast milk looses nutritional value. If you don’t agree with a woman breast feeding then LOOK AWAY! Because it doesn’t concern you! None of your opinions matter, all I see is a mother comforting her child. Children at that age do eat regular meals they nurse when they are sick, or to bed,its a comfort thing. Studies show that extended breast feeding results in more independent children!

  • Cassie

    I’m sorry but there is absolutely no reason why you need to breastfeeding feed that toddler. I don’t care what anyone says to me that is child abuse! You are truly sick in your head if you are breastfeeding feeding a 5 yo!!!!!!! I would totally say something if I saw someone breastfeeding a large toddler in PUBLIC. Nutrients fine. Better for BABY great. Toddler needs to get off the booby. Just like taking away a binky, bottle, sipping cup. I am sorry but it is not right!

  • Gitan

    My SIL still nurses her 12 year old autistic son at night to help him sleep better. She doesn’t tell many people about it though for fear of backlash like we’ve seen here. But I think most people would not understand anyway. Maybe 12 is too old, even if he has disabilities?

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