Mum-of-three reveals why she still breastfeeds her daughter who's nearly FOUR… and says it’s her child’s decision when to stop

Sarah Everett is an advocate of something known as natural term breastfeeding, where the CHILD decides when it's time to stop.

The 32-year-old photographer, from Colchester, Essex, says she felt pressured by society to stop breastfeeding her eldest child Archie, eight, and is determined not to do the same with April.

She revealed: “I share a lot of photos of me feeding April on Instagram – not to shock, but to empower.

“With Archie, I didn’t even realise I had an option. I weaned at a year because I thought that’s what mums are supposed to do.

“I never thought I’d be going this long, but I’m so pleased I am.

“I think other mums would like to, but perhaps feel they can’t, so I want to speak out to show them there is that option there, should they want it.”

Sarah, who's married to web developer Steve, 33, says she always wanted to breastfeed – and gave herself an initial target of three months when Archie was born in March 2010.

She said: “We did have some issues with sore nipples and struggling to latch on.

“At points, I wanted to quit but Steve spurred me on because he knew it was important to me.”

She nursed Archie until he turned one, when Sarah was three months pregnant with his brother Luke, six, and says she convinced herself it was time to stop.

She added: “I regret that now. You have it so drummed into you though, that one is this big cut-off point for breastfeeding.”

Luke was an easier feeder, and Sarah left him to wean himself – which happened at two years and three months.

She was already pregnant with April by this time, meaning Sarah has either been pregnant or breastfeeding, or both, for nine years straight now.

April was born in July 2014, with Sarah explaining: “This time, I knew I wanted to breastfeed until two because I’d got that far with Luke.

“We’re still going though, and she’s four in a few weeks. For the past year or so, she’s only fed at bedtime and it’s been gradually winding down.

“Now, she’ll do it for about five to seven minutes, like she’s having a little drink.

“It’s a comfort for her, and she especially does it if she’s very tired or poorly. She says the milk ‘tastes like mummy’ which is very sweet.

“People think that this is how I feed her all the time, but she eats solid food too. She eats for England, in fact.”

Sarah also believes there are health benefits to breastfeeding – and says April is rarely ill, even staying well when the whole family was struck down with a sickness bug.

“Literally everybody else got it,” she said. “It may be that I’d built up antibodies and passed them on to her.”

Another time, when Luke had the gut infection gastroenteritis, the only thing he could keep down was mummy's milk – meaning he would've been on a drip without it.

Of April's milk drinking habits, Sarah said: “There’s this stereotype that it’d make her some fussy, clingy child but she isn’t. She’s very independent and confident.

“This taboo around breastfeeding makes it feel like it’s a secret without meaning to be – when really, it should be normalised.

“For me, it’s my greatest parenting tool. It helps to calm the kids down, send them to sleep and comfort them.

“I will really miss it, but I can feel that we don’t have long left. April says things like my milk feels empty, like it’s drying up.

“It’s sad when I’ve been doing it so long but it feels like time to let go.”

In more nursing news, this mum says she was made to feel she had no choice but to breastfeed.

While another mum-of-two claims she cured her babies’ eczema by bathing them in her breast milk.

And this horrified mum claims her baby monitor was HACKED to spy on her while she breastfed her baby son.

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