Celebrity Parents Coco Austin Shares Photo of Her Breastfeeding Daughter Chanel, 4: 'It's Just for Comfort' "At this point in nursing its just for comfort and believe me the girl loves meat so its not like she isnt eating real food," Coco Austin wrote in her post By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 13, 2020 07:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Coco Austin/Instagram Coco Austin is opening up about her decision to continue breastfeeding her daughter Chanel Nicole. The model and mother of one, 40, shared a snapshot of her 4-year-old with husband Ice-T nursing on Friday, looking up at her mother as she did so and placing one hand on her cheek. “At a time when the world feels like its coming to an end … suck up as much love as you can!” Austin began in her caption. “I know the moms out there will appreciate this pic! Ive been getting alot of props in the breasfeeding (sic) community and get tons of emails from woman/moms appreciating me bringing light to the subject … I write a baby blog about my journey with Chanel and soon I will write about what it’s like to continue boob time with a 4 year old.” The former reality star added that she gets “tons and tons of requests that want me to speak on” her experience, explaining, “At this point in nursing its just for comfort and believe me the girl loves meat so its not like she isnt eating real food … 😁.” “Thank you to all that understand my view … i see most of you are so eager to side with me and I too root for you in your journey as well … Us moms are connected 💗,” Austin concluded, tacking a few hashtags on to the end like “#breastfeedingforcomfort,” “#weenwhentheyareready,” “#toddlerbreastfeeding” and “#teammommy.” Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Coco Austin and daughter Chanel. Coco Austin/ Instagram Theo Wargo/Getty Everything Coco Austin Has Said About Nursing Her 2½-Year-Old Daughter The new photo comes almost six months after Austin opened up in a candid Instagram post about how her then-3½-year-old still breastfed but mostly out of “comfort” now, sharing images of her nursing Chanel on a plane. “A mothers calling … I’m so blessed to have this unbelievable experience in this thing called Nursing,” Austin wrote. “I had a hard time breastfeeding the 1st week of when Chanel was born, I almost gave up but my family told me to hang for another week.” “They told me I dont want to miss this special moment you have with your child … health wise and bond wise,” continued the mother of one. “I hung in there and now almost 4 years later Chanel still wants the boob.” “I’m lucky she hasn’t grown out [of] it yet because when that moment comes I will be so sad,” Austin admitted. “Its the best feeling and ALL mothers that nurse know.” Yuchen Liao/Getty RELATED VIDEO: Coco Austin Opens up About Being Body Shamed During Pregnancy Austin has long been open about how much she cherishes the experience of breastfeeding her daughter. The former Ice Loves Coco star shared in May 2018, “I follow some mother [empowering] pages here on Instagram and I love the inspiring pics they post showing the tenderness and love between a mother and child with or without nursing moments … I love that I can be a part of that.” Austin also previously revealed in June 2016 that despite Chanel taking “instantly” to “the boob” at first, she had recently been “want[ing] the bottle more” and it had “hurt [Austin’s] feelings.” “I’m doing whatever I can because now, she’s growing, so she needs more milk … so I have to go from breastfeeding to formula, breastfeeding to formula, but I wish she would want a little more of me,” she said at the time, adding that she still pumped “every single day” to provide breast milk for Chanel, even though it was often through a bottle.