A mum has spoken of her dismay after her 70-year-old mother-in-law made an “unbelievable” breastfeeding demand.
Sharing on Reddit, the mom revealed how her husband’s mom had stated she needed to begin nursing her new grandchild.
Believing that it could enhance her bond with the child, the mother-in-law stated she was decided to begin breastfeeding the two-month-old boy.
In a weird twist, the older girl additionally stated she needed to breastfeed her different grandchild which is due in six weeks – so she will then “tandem” nurse each infants on the identical time.
Explaining her story, the mum stated that her mother-in-law’s calls for had been “simply an excessive amount of”.
“This 70-year-old girl plans to breastfeed [my] sister-in-law’s first child that’s due in a six weeks,” the lady stated.
“She learn that grandmas assist breastfeed infants in some cultures and needs to give it a go.
“Now that she’s acquired this concept that she’s going to breastfeed ‘her grandbaby’, she’s began to come for me saying that she doesn’t desire a stronger bond with one child greater than the opposite (my youngest child is two months outdated).
“And since he’s already right here, she desires to begin ‘practising’ breastfeeding with my child. I can’t even.”
Making the bizarre state of affairs even weirder, the lady stated her mother-in-law had requested her to “train her how to breastfeed as effectively”.
She added: “In hopes it goes effectively after which she will breastfeed each my child and [my] sister-in-law’s child.
“She says she desires to breastfeed them on the identical time … like her eyes gloss over as if it’s some dream of her to tandem feed them.
“This girl is a particular form of delusional. Can ladies that age actually even re-lactate?”
The mum stated she and her husband shut down the request and informed her mother-in-law that it was “inappropriate” of her to ask – which lead to much more rigidity.
“After all this all falls onto me in her eyes, she’s mad saying I’m standing in the way in which of her having a better bond together with her grandbabies,” the lady stated.
“I’m the explanation. Despite the fact that my [husband] was equally grossed out.
“I informed her to go speak to her physician and discover a lactation advisor if it’s that vital to her, however that she’s going to by no means ever breastfeed any of my infants it doesn’t matter what.”
Many Reddit customers agreed it was an inappropriate request.
“[This woman] is utterly justified in being weirded out by the request,” one stated.
“It’s inappropriate and massively crosses the road. However that needs to be the case, regardless of [the] mother-in-law’s age.
“Having somebody, anybody demand to breastfeed your baby and get upset once you say no can be completely mortifying, no matter whether or not it was somebody on of their 90s or a fresh-faced 20-year-old.”