She’s Still Breastfeeding Her 5-Year-Old Son: “I’ll Keep Going Until He Says STOP”
An Australian mother of two has shared why she breastfeeds her five-year-old son beyond the “normal” period.
Lauren McLeod, from Perth, speaks openly and honestly on Instagram about her parenting choices, hoping to inspire and break down the stigma around breastfeeding.
Lauren told FEMAIL that she chose to breastfeed because it “always worked best” for her and her two children.
‘I’ve been very fortunate to have had a relatively smooth breastfeeding journey with minimal issues along the way, and the benefits outweigh any tough times we may come across,’ Lauren said.
‘My children and I have a beautiful bond, and I’m so grateful to be able to support their growing bodies and brains with my breastmilk, as well as providing that comfort and safety they feel while breastfeeding.
‘I’m sure we would have had just as strong a bond if we weren’t breastfeeding, but this is just what works for us.’
She also shares photographs on Instagram of herself feeding Bowie, five, and daughter Tigerlily, two, and says she has ‘no time’ for hate.
On Instagram Lauren outlined that as her children have aged, she has ‘set boundaries along the way’ and now only breastfeeds Bowie at bedtime.
She said the children find comfort in breastfeeding and it also ‘soothes them to sleep faster’, calms them if they’re upset, offers pain relief and supports their immune systems.
She said that the children find comfort in breastfeeding and it also “gets them to sleep faster,” calms them when they are upset, eases pain and supports their immune systems.