LIFESTYLE

'It Works For Our Family' Says Woman Who Still Breastfeeds Her Three-Year-Old Triplets

22/12/2014 09:54 GMT | Updated 22/12/2014 11:59 GMT

In recent weeks we've seen hoards of women tackling social stigma around breastfeeding in public.

But one mother has gone one step further than the rest and publicly spoken about why she still breastfeeds her three-year-old triplets.

Davina Wright, 45, said she breastfeeds her children before bed in order to help them sleep and in the morning to give them some of her time individually.

"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 Daily Mail Australia.

"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."

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Wright, who lives in Hong Kong with her husband Jason, has been breastfeeding her children since they were born and plans to continue to do so for as long as she is physically capable.

She says her children are healthy as a result of their routine - they eat solid food and drink from a cup during the day.

"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 three years old," she said.

"But they are still happy with it and I am still happy with it and it works for our family so we keep going."

Although a child being breastfed at three-years-old might seem old to us in the UK, lactation consultant Jan Barger from BabyCentre says worldwide the average age of weaning is somewhere around three to four years.

"Your child will stop breastfeeding when she's ready. This is described as "child-led" weaning, and it's the most effective and gentle way to wean," she says.

"As long as you're both enjoying breastfeeding, then by all means continue what you're doing."

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