The model, 40, recently shared a snap of her 4-year-old, whom she shares with hubby Ice-T, nursing last Friday.
“At a time when the world feels like its coming to an end … suck up as much love as you can!” Austin starts her caption. “I know the moms out there will appreciate this pic! [I’ve] been getting a lot of props in the [breastfeeding] (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 it’s just for comfort and believe me the girl loves meat so [it’s] not like she [isn’t] 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.”
The new photo comes just six months after Austin posted a candid Instagram post about how her 3½-year-old still breastfed but mostly for “comfort” now, sharing images of her nursing Chanel on a plane.
“A [mother’s] 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 [don’t] want to miss this special moment you have with your child … [health-wise] and bond wise,” continued the mother. “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 shared. “[It’s] the best feeling and ALL mothers that nurse know.”
This is not the first time Austin has boasted about breastfeeding her daughter.
Austin shared back in May of 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.”
In addition, she also revealed in June 2016 that while Chanel took “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, adding how she still pumped “every single day” to provide breast milk for Chanel.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.