A MUM has hit back at trolls who labelled her "sick" and an "abuser" for continuing to breastfeed her five-year-old son.
Doula Lauren McLeod, 29, explained that breastfeeding son Bowie and two-year-old daughter Tigerlily has "always worked best" for her and her children.
And she insisted she'll continue to do so despite the negative comments she's received – although she has limited Bowie's feeding to just take place at bedtime now he's older.
"I just don't read the comments sections on social media posts that aren't my own, so I don't see the majority of nasty things that are said about me," Lauren told the Daily Mail Online.
"It's not worth my time and energy to respond to someone who has made up their mind about me already, and takes time out of their day to be nasty.
'At the end of the day, if someone doesn't agree with my choices then that's fine, that's their opinion.
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"A lot of the negative opinions people have about breastfeeding are often based on cultural bias and lack of education on the topic, which is part of the reason I share my story – to help people understand that natural term breastfeeding is biologically normal."
Lauren added that she's always had a "relatively smooth breastfeeding journey" and has been able to use it to help her children sleep, and to give them pain relief when needed.
And for as many negative remarks as she receives, Lauren is also praised for publicly sharing her breastfeeding journey on her social media pages.
"My children and I have a beautiful bond, and I'm so grateful to be able to support their growing bodies and brains with my breastmilk, as well as providing that comfort and safety they feel while breastfeeding," she concluded.
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"I'm sure we would have had just as strong a bond if we weren't breastfeeding.
"But this is just what works for us."
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