Tasha Maile, a San Diego, California, mother who shares breastfeeding videos on YouTube, has been accused of incestuous behavior because she breastfeeds her two sons at the same time. Maile is the mother of two boys, aged 3 and 1. A video of her breastfeeding them in tandem was shared on her YouTube channel, Spiritual Tasha Mama.
In the video, Maile is lying on the floor as her sons each breastfeed at the same time from different breasts. For nearly 25 seconds at the beginning of the video, Maile does not address the camera; she is smiling and laughing at her sons as they breastfeed. Her younger son finishes feeding, while her older son continues until she calls her younger son back to “drink some milky.”
Both boys then breastfeed at the same time while Maile discusses producing enough milk for her children. “They’re fine, they’re happy, they’re okay, they’re getting enough,” she says of her sons. Her tandem breastfeeding video has been viewed more than 60 million times. Due to its content, YouTube removed it from being eligible to run ads, a main source of Maile’s income.
While YouTube allows Maile’s videos, which contain topless nudity while she is breastfeeding, some Facebook users, as compiled by Daily Mail, think she has gone too far. “Breastfeed all ya want. Do it wherever ya want. Sitting next to me in a restaurant…I don’t care. But posting pictures on social media? Sorry… going too far,” one user wrote.
“This isn’t just about woman breastfeeding. People have taken it way too far,” another said. “I breastfed my kids and didn’t need to put it out there for the world to see. And I’m sorry her kids are to old to be still feeding this way and she deserves the criticism she gets.”
Another wrote: “What is the point in posting this? Breastfeeding is personal and should be treated as such. (Six years old is a tad bit old to be breastfed. I’m thinking that’s more for her benefit than the child’s at that age.)” Maile, who describes herself on YouTube as a “vegan mother spreading love [and] awareness,” defends her choice to put the breastfeeding videos online.
“What other people what say is 100 per cent to do with them and not with you,” she said, according to Daily Mail. One mother went so far as to call Maile’s actions incestuous: “I find this video very disturbing. She wants viewers to believe this is a natural mother and child bonding while breastfeeding.” However from the start this doesn’t appear to be natural but incestuous. Breastfeeding is a natural, beautiful extension of the mother and child bonding. However this woman’s exhibitionism certainly takes away from the wonderful bonding between other and child.
Maile does have viewers who support her, however: “That’s what I’ve always told my kids. Cows milk IS for calves and breastmilk is for humans! And good for her for nursing her kids till she and they are ready to wean. Her kids will be super healthy as will she.”
According to the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding children for at least 12 months, and thereafter as long as the mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
In Maile’s “Is Breastfeedng An 18 Year Old Okay” video, she says that she would allow her son to breastfeed until he is 18 years old because she is his mother, but will stop when he decides he no longer wants to breastfeed.