Stars Who Breastfed Their Babies Beyond Age 2
"I never ever believed that I would be nursing a child over the age of 3. But now that I am, I believe when he is done, he will be done," the Big Bang Theory actress wrote in a blog post for Kveller. "I believe that he will not need to nurse before he walks down the aisle to greet his bride under the chuppah, and I believe that nursing is natural and beautiful and wonderful. I believe in being conscious of where I nurse my toddler and I also believe that there is nothing wrong with nursing Fred."
Bialik used the post as an explanation of her weaning process, expounding on the "no ask, no refuse" policy, her decision to stop pumping and her then-husband's role in the process. "I loved nursing Fred," she shared. "Around 2½ years old, though (about 6 months ago), I started wanting a little bit less of loving nursing Fred."
Austin said she was "obsessed" with breastfeeding when her daughter Chanel was an infant, and is still keeping up with her daughter's demands at 2½ years old.
"It's more for comfort now," she said on Instagram in May 2018, responding to comments on a photo with her sleeping babe. "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. @babychanelnicole has made me a more sensitive person now that I'm older."
In an interview with Best for Babes shortly after the birth of daughter Helena, the Gossip Girl actress revealed she was still nursing her then-2-year-old son Hermés, too.
"I think it's really helped the transition with the new baby that my son still gets that comfort and that cuddling," she said. "I know it's not for everyone, but … it's not all the time. It's more of a comfort thing."
Speaking of the bond the siblings shared, she said, "It is really cute when they are nursing together. He just looks at her, and checks her out, and puts his hand on her little feet. It gives him this close-up intimate look at her, and it's very beautiful to see them to kind of get to know each other."
When son Ever was approaching toddlerhood in 2012, Morissette told ABC she was going to let her little guy wean when he decided the time was right.
"[Ever's] particular style is that — wherever we are, if he sits down and looks at me, it's time to snuggle, you know? It's peppered throughout the day, more and less, depending upon what he needs," she said.
"I know some children who have weaned naturally at two years, some kids wean naturally a couple of years later. I mean, it's up to every child," she said.
The former Wonder Years star talked attachment parenting on a 2013 episode of Good Morning America, revealing she breastfed son Draco until he was 2½. "Big transition," she said. "But he's fine. I could sense that he could be a little more independent."
The actress went further on her blog, writing, "I know there can be judgment out there, and I encourage moms to do whatever feels right. And if they choose to breastfeed longer than is 'typical,' I say this to them: You go girl!"
The Rehab Addict star went public with her choice to continue breastfeeding her toddler son Harper as a custody battle with the baby's father heated up in 2016.
The baby's father, Shane Maguire, was awarded visitation two days a week when Harper was 6 months old. Until that point, their child had been exclusively breastfed, forcing the HGTV personality to seek other feeding arrangements.
"[Harper] had never had a bottle before, and then all of a sudden that was his only option while he was with his dad. I had no idea that a judge could say, 'You're court ordered to not feed your exclusively breastfed child,' " Curtis told PEOPLE in November 2017 after Maguire accused her of continuing to breastfeed Harper as a way to prevent him from getting time with his son.
"It's important that children have both of their parents. But [preventing] me from breastfeeding my child just so he can see the dad is not right," she said of the custody battle, which began in 2015.
"Every single day I have to weather criticism about how my child is too old to breastfeed," she'd previously stated. "But when he weans, it's going to be his decision. I truly believe it's the child's choice."