A mum who still breastfeeds her two boys - aged five and six - says she has no intentions of stopping until they decide itâ€™s time.
Sheryl Wynne insists that breastfeeding her school age sons is completely normal as it has even cemented a lifelong bond between them and brought the family 'closer'.
The 39-year-old nurses both Riley, six, and Mylo, five, before school, in the evening and throughout the night.
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Sheryl, from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, says that 'mummy milk' is the 'ultimate parenting tool' as it has helped her to calm her children down and comfort them when theyâ€™re upset or ill.
Sheryl, a hypnobirthing teacher and doula, said she originally planned to stop breastfeeding the boys when Riley was three.
However, she insists they are part of the decision-making process and her eldest has said he doesnâ€™t want to stop breastfeeding until he's ten.
"I think about when I'll stop all of the time,â€ Sheryl says.
"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 and Riley said when he's ten and 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.
"I do wonder if they'd just stay on there all night.
"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."
"It's about comfort,â€ she explains.
"If they're ill, that's where they want to be to help them calm down but we don't live in a society that's supportive of that after infancy which is why we don't see it.
"They want to be with me and snuggle with me even when they aren't breastfeeding.
"They question whether the way my children behave is anything to do with them being breastfed. They're hard work but that's children.
"People think they're experts in other people's children but I'm not doing it blind even though I am following my instincts in many ways.
"Riley and Mylo pick up on people's opinions. My eldest wouldn't ask for it when we're out because he knows other people will see but he will behind closed doors but my youngest is confident.
"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 tandem fed the pair until they were too big to be fed at the same time.
Sheryl said: "Breastfeeding helped me to keep that connection going and I had it in my head that I wanted to tandem breastfeed.
â€œIt felt magical and empowering to be sustaining two babies at the same time.
"I had a traumatic birth and because of that experience I felt like I was a failure.
â€œI felt like I hadn't done it right so I needed the breastfeeding relationship to succeed.
"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. Everything changed after that.
"When I was pregnant with Mylo I thought I didn't have long left with Riley because the milk had reduced but when I had Mylo and the milk came Riley was like 'oh wow'.
"When I was feeling full of milk I would ask Riley to breastfeed and he would help with that."
Sheryl hopes she can dispel some of the myths surrounding natural term breastfeeding, the practice of nursing until the child chooses to wean.
"I don't feel like I ever made the decision to breastfeed,â€ she adds.
â€œIt's what I always imagined doing and it felt quite natural.
"I remember playing with dolls while little and pretending to breastfeed them because I thought that's what you do and that's where milk comes from. 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's how I felt it was supposed to be and I was a lot more confident with my own body."
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