A 45-year-old mother of 3-year-old triplets says she still breastfeeds her children to this day, despite the fact that they can talk, walk and function on their own.
Davina Wright, who lives in Hong Kong with her husband Jason and their 3-year-old triplets, says her choice to breastfeed her young children “works” despite some criticism from others.
“They each have their own room and I go in to each of them individually and it is a lovely bit of one-on-one time,” Wright told The Daily Mail Australia. “At 3 years old they are basically just fed to sleep, not that they actually fall asleep, it's more like 'fed to calm/sleepy.’ In reality it is only about 10-15 minutes of their day, their hectic, chaotic, loud, busy, competitive, triplet day, where they get to sit quietly by themselves with mummy.”
Wright says that as a result of breastfeeding her kids, they are healthy and their entire family is happier.
“I set myself the goal of two years with the triplets, not fully sure that we would get that far, and definitely not thinking we would still be going at 3 years old,” Wright admitted. “But they are still happy with it and I am still happy with it and it works for our family so we keep going.”
While some may question Wright’s decision to breastfeed her 3-year-old triplets, Jan Barger, a lactation consultant with BabyCentre, told The Huffington Post UK that it is actually not as rare as it seems.
“Your child will stop breastfeeding when she's ready,” Barger said, noting that the average age of weaning is around 3 to 4 years old. “This is described as ‘child-led’ weaning, and it's the most effective and gentle way to wean. As long as you're both enjoying breastfeeding, then by all means continue what you're doing.”
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