On today’s edition of women telling other women how to be good mothers on the Internet, we bring you Coco Austin and her daughter, Chanel Nicole. On May 29, the mama-of-one took to Instagram to share a tender moment with her toddler. After Coco made mention of nursing in her caption, a fan asked the model if she still breastfeeds her almost 3-year-old child. "Yep…but it's more for comfort now," she replied — which incited some major backlash. Check out the video above to see what some fans had to say about it.
Of course, there was a small handful of women who rallied behind the 39-year-old. “I love this! Thank you for helping normalize breastfeeding! You're a great mother and woman,” commented one user. “Thank you for posting and supporting breastfeeding! People think I’m crazy that I still nurse my 2-year-old,” wrote another.
Despite the outpouring of hate and confusion, Coco breastfeeding is hardly abnormal. According to the CDC, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as the mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Judging by how content both Coco and her daughter look in her Instagram post, it would appear that they fall into the “as long as mother and baby desire” part of that description. In fact, given that Coco was once concerned about her ability to breastfeed, it makes sense that she would cherish the act so much.
"I looked into it before she was even born and they were like, 'Please try to breastfeed,'" the reality star explained to E! News when Chanel was 6 months old. "I'm like I don't know if I can. I got breast implants, so I'm not sure if I can even breastfeed. I was curious about it. My doctor said in the past, 'Don't be worried. You're going to be able to breastfeed,' but some women just cannot breastfeed, so I was just hoping that I was one of those women that can because my whole family have been really pro breastfeeders."