Davina Wright is an Australian mother of five living in Hong Kong with her husband Jason. Three of her children are 5-year-old triplets, Connor, Willow, and Summer.
The triplets have been breastfeeding since birth, and Wright has no intention of stopping any time soon. She breastfeeds the kids a few times a day, and claims they absolutely love it.
Apparently Wright isn’t doing this for herself — it’s the triplets who want to keep nursing. Both of Wright’s older children self-weaned before they were 2, so Wright assumed it would be the same for the triplets. But now here they are, 5 years old and still breastfeeding.
Wright is all about breastfeeding positivity and ending the stigma surrounding breastfeeding, so she is a member of many pro-breastfeeding groups.
“In all honesty I would be happy if they weaned now,” Wright wrote in a breastfeeding-friendly blog. “I am big on letting the child decide when they are ready to wean but at the same time I’m like ‘dudes, there are 3 of you, and you’re 5, come on already!’
I am tired, I am touched out, and I am pretty sure the last of the ‘baby weight’ won’t shift until they stop. It’s not that I want my body back to myself, because the three of them will continue to climb on me, sit on me and take ‘piggy back rides’ on me, it’s more that I am just feeling done.”
Although she still allows her children to breastfeed, she limits the times and places they do it.
Most of the time, she only breastfeeds once or twice a day — once in the evening before they go to sleep, and sometimes in the morning when they wake up.
Even though she’s getting sick of it, she loves the connection she has forged with her kids through breastfeeding.
Sometimes it’s the only few moments of silence she gets with her wild 5-year-olds.
Wright says it’s been really nice to be able to talk to her kids about breastfeeding — she likes that her kids can express their appreciation and enjoyment of nursing.
Did you breastfeed longer than you expected to? Would you let your kids breastfeed until they’re ready to be done?
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