Breastfeeding can be a pretty sensitive topic for many people – with questions like ‘how long should you breastfeed for’ and ‘when should you stop’ often bouncing around.
Though, the breastfeeding talk doesn’t stop there. In fact, lately there has been increased discussion online about whether boyfriends and husbands should be breastfed, and even whether grandmothers should be able to breastfeed their grandchildren!
And now, this discussion has continued down another path, thanks to a reality star’s bizarre recent admission.
Julia Haart, the star of ‘My Unorthodox Life,’ has opened up about her experiences within the Orthodox Jewish community she was raised in, shedding light on some remarkable aspects of her upbringing… Including breastfeeding.
Haart, now 52, revealed that she breastfed her brother while also nursing her eldest daughter. She explained that her youngest brother is only a few months younger than her oldest daughter, who is now 30.
“I nursed my brother,” Haart candidly shared on the ‘Not Skinny But Not Fat’ podcast. She recounted how her mother suggested she nurse her brother since she was already breastfeeding her daughter. Haart described the experience as a unique one, saying: “That’s a mindf**k. I don’t think he remembers.”
She went on to draw a parallel between her life in the Orthodox Jewish community and an existence in the 1800s, particularly in terms of child-rearing practices.
“Go back a couple hundred years, everyone had a wet nurse, right? You didn’t nurse your own baby if you had money,” Haart stated. “That’s the community I lived in. I lived in the 1800s. I always tell people I’m a time traveler. If you want to understand the world I lived in, go back to the 1800s, that’s it. I lived an 18th-century existence.”
Haart left the Haredi community she had been part of in New York in 2013, embarking on this journey at the age of 42. She shares four children with a man she was arranged to marry when she was 19: Batsheva, Miriam, Shlomo, and Aron.
She isn’t alone though, as one woman took to social media to reveal that she had been breastfeeding her husband, claiming it was an “emotional bonding thing.”
“I forgot my breast pump and was badly engorged for two days. I was in so much pain and I was scared about getting an infection, so we decided that my husband was going to try drinking the milk to relieve me,” she said.
The woman admitted the couple was “nervous” about it at first, “but as soon as we did it, we realized it was perfectly fine.”
“We realized there was nothing wrong with me breastfeeding him, and it would actually be good for him as it is so nutritious,” she said. “He didn’t get a cold for two years after he started drinking my milk and so many people said his skin was so much better too.”
The husband and wife insist it’s “not a kink,” rather it allows them to spend more quality time together, bringing them closer as a couple.
What are your thoughts on this whole breastfeeding discussion? Let us know in the comments!
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