I still breastfeed my two sons who are 5 and 6 – it makes us feel closer

A mum has revealed how she still breastfeeds her two boys, who are aged five and six, before and after school.

Sheryl Wynne, from Wakefield, West Yorks., insists that breastfeeding her sons creates a lifelong bond between them.

The 39-year-old nurses both Riley, six, and Mylo, five, before and after school in a bid to make them feel closer to her.

She claims "mummy milk" is the ultimate parenting tool as it helps calm the children and comforts them when they're upset or ill.

However the mum admits she does receive negative comments from family members people she knows.

But despite the remarks, Sheryl says "that's children".

The hyponobirthing teacher and doula said: "I think about when I'll stop all of the time.

"It's never felt right to end it unnecessarily. It's what they're asking for and it's biologically normal even if it's not in society.

"We started the conversation when Riley was three when they would stop having mummy milk, he said when he's 10.

"I told him there's no chance. The choice isn't just mine, it's a relationship because it's something we do together.

"It's not like I don't have a choice, a lot of the time they ask for it and I'll tell them to get off."

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She added: "It's made us closer. It's the fact they know they can come to me and be comforted any time.

"We can do that without breastfeeding, a lot of people who aren't breastfeeding will still respond to that but it's part of my toolbox.

"It's formed part of our relationship and that's my main drive for continuing breastfeeding."

Despite the negative comments, Sheryl sees breastfeeding as a way to connect with her sons.

She even uses it to comfort them in the school playground.

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She added: "It's about comfort. If they're ill, that's where they want to be to help them calm down.

"They want to be with me and snuggle with me even when they aren't breastfeeding.

"It's been lucky that I haven't had negative comments from strangers but family and people I know have asked if I think I should stop.

"They question whether the way my children behave is anything to do with them being breastfed.

"They're hard work but that's children."

She continued: "Before Mylo went into preschool he was asking for mummy milk in the playground in the morning.

"He took me to the bench and I had to dig deep into myself.

"I wanted to tell him we weren't doing it there because people could see but I didn't want to pass my anxieties onto him."

Sheryl says was determined to breastfeed Mylo because she struggled to nurse Riley following a difficult birth.

She added that breastfeeding helped her to overcome the trauma of giving birth and strengthened her connection with her sons.

Sheryl revealed: "It wasn't until I started breastfeeding Riley that I learned what it was about. It was a lot harder than I thought.

"It wasn't physically bad but emotionally it was hard. It might have been easier if I'd known more about it.

"It's hard to give all of yourself to this little person and not give yourself a break.

"To get to where I am now couldn't have happened if I hadn't gone on to have my healing birth with Mylo."

Now Sheryl hopes she can dispel some of the myths surrounding natural term breastfeeding.

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She concluded: "I don't feel like I ever made the decision to breastfeed. It's what I always imagined doing and it felt quite natural.

"I remember playing with dolls while little and pretending to breastfeed them. That's what I wanted to do.

"It was a really nice experience for all three of us to do that together.

"Riley would reach out and stroke Mylo's head or hold his hand and that'd how I felt it was supposed to be."

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