Maha Al Musa, 51, still breastfeeds her five-year old daughter in public, whenever she asks for milk. Musa practices extended breastfeeding, where a mother allows the child to carry on feeding until they say they are ready to stop. ‘Aminah took to breastfeeding easily and the moment I felt that bond, I was instantly hooked,’ she says.
She follows in the footsteps of Jamie Lynne Grumet, the 26-year-old Los Angeles mother who caused shockwaves around the world when she posed on the cover of Time magazine with her four-year-old suckling from her bare breast.
Musa has said she will allow her daughter to breastfeed until the age of 10, if that’s what she wants. ‘I believe it helps boost her immune system. To this day, she is very rarely ill and her temperament is calmer and more relaxed than the other children,’ she says.