Katherine Clarke, from Toowoomba, Queensland, says her four-year-old son, Ryder, is still breastfed, and – so far – shows no sign of stopping.

‘I don’t breastfeed him all of the time,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Probably a couple of times a week. He will often see his 19-month-old brother, Kingsley, being breastfed and will want it.

‘I find it interesting asking him about wanting to be breastfed – does he want milk, water or hot chocolate for example? But Ryder just wants that connection and nourishment. I’m confident he’ll stop when he wants to; it’s a natural progression.’

Ms Clarke has coped all the abuse stating breastfeeding mums are selfish, abusive and disgusting, she proudly said she has refused to give in to the haters:

‘I pity the people who say it’s perverted,’ the mum of two said.

‘I do find it a little bit heartbreaking that some comments online are from women, but they obviously have some guilt or shame around breastfeeding and I hope that changes.’

Ms Clarke maintains that she never intended to breastfeed son Ryder until he was four, but she also said that it feels right and works for all of her family.

She currently feeds Ryder in tandem with his 19-month-old little brother, Kingsley.

‘I didn’t have a particular goal in mind as to when I would stop breastfeeding,’ she said.

‘At first, I did think: “is this okay?”, but that’s the way we are conditioned to think.

‘I think little people know their own minds really well. I will let Ryder make that choice.’

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  • No problem, I feed my first till 3 1/2 and if my 6mth old want to feed for another 3 yrs ill be proud I can can do that for her


  • Every one to their own …but why does this mum feel she needs to share this with the world. ???
    Her son will see this when he is 14, 24, etc and maybe think it was not so wise then and regret it.


  • Well don’t be to this mother for doing what’s right for HER children and HER family. She is causing no harm to anyone by breastfeeding. The nagging and judgement starts from such an early age. ‘When will you wean’, ‘oh your still breastfeeding’, ‘how old is he/she now?’
    It’s frustrating but at the end of the day it’s not their business to know.
    Thank you for sharing and being brave and strong enough to not care about what others think!


  • The fact that their names and photos have been made public, yes her son is at risk of being bullied. It is all very well for Mum to be proud of her choices and I congratulate her for that. I do wonder if it is partly jealousy on the part of the 4 year old though. I know a girl who wanted at bottle when her baby sister was born and the Mum was unable to breastfeed.


  • I wouldn’t do it, but I don’t see any reason to care about one one else doing so.


  • Your an awesome mumma to your boys. What an awesome breastfeeding journey :).


  • It is her choice to breastfeed and it’s her life!


  • Good on them ! I find it totally normal !

    • I breastfed my son till he was 5 years old. I didn’t really share this with other people, it was something between ourselves.


  • It’s not something I would do but it’s not my child or my body


  • I guess it’s good for them. Can’t say I would have breast fed for that long though. Age 4 kids are at school, you need to start to think of the bullying factor then


  • This is about as interesting as me telling people I eat toast for breakfast.


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