Ex real-life Lara Croft still breastfeeds her 2-year-old toddler

March 7th, 2009 - 6:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Lara Croft

Sydney, Mar 7 (ANI): Brit model and former real-life Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, Nell McAndrew, has revealed that she will defy the dirty looks she gets and continue to breastfeed her son for as long as he wants.

McAndrew, 35, has told a British newspaper that she will ignore negative comments from other women and continue breastfeeding son Devon, who is 21/2.

I get negative comments all the time, but that’’s their problem, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted McAndrew as telling the Daily Mirror.

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world - and it’’s so good for my son that I don”t see any reason to stop.

I would never tell other women they have to breastfeed because it’’s down to individual choice.

And by the same token if a mum wants to carry on breastfeeding until their child is five, six or seven that that’’s fine too, she stated.

The Playboy model also said she received dirty looks from strangers when she breastfed Devon on public transport or in cafes.

It’’s ironic when getting your breasts out in other areas is actively encouraged - something as an underwear model I”m well aware of, she said.

Now they have a different function, to feed my baby - you suddenly realise that’’s really what they”re there for, she added.

The British Department of Health recommends babies take only breastmilk for their first six months and cites evidence suggesting continued breastfeeding is beneficial along with solid foods for many months after.

Australian dietary guidelines also recommend exclusive breastfeeding of infants until six months, with solids and continued breastfeeding until 12 months and beyond if mother and baby wish.

McAndrew said breastfeeding beyond a year should not be taboo.

Now if people ask why I”m still breastfeeding I say, ”Well why not?, she said.

Instead of having to think up an explanation to satisfy them, I think they should give me some actual proof of why it’’s a bad thing.

They never can, she added. (ANI)

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