A tender moment between a mother and her young child has sparked debate on social media.
Coco Austin, the model and reality star married to rapper and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor Ice-T, shared a photo of the couple’s 30-month old daughter, Chanel, blissfully dozing away on her semi-exposed chest.
Though the 39-year-old Austin isn’t actually nursing Chanel in the photo, it appears to have been taken just after a feed. The proud mother confirmed to a follower that she is still breastfeeding the toddler — “but it’s more for comfort now.”
Many fans were touched by the intimate image, praising the “beautiful bond” of nursing. But the Instagram post also stirred up comments suggesting that Chanel, who turns 3 in November, is too old to be breastfed. Others made sexual gibes about Austin’s breasts.
Countless fellow moms drowned out the negative criticism by celebrating Austin’s openness about nursing.
“You are an inspiration,” wrote one person. “This is awesome. I’m almost six months into breastfeeding my little girl, and I hope to be able to go as long as she wants.”
“Breastfeeding for comfort is just as important as any other reason,” added another commenter.
“Yay for extended breastfeeding and for putting it out there and showing how beautiful and normal it is,” a mom posted.
“My daughter is only days younger than [Chanel], and we’re still nursing for comfort too,” another mom added. “Nice to see we’re not the only who think she’s not ‘too old’ to still be nursing.”
While not all babies have the same nursing experience, these moms won’t be shamed for sticking with it — and they won’t let Austin be, either.
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