Ice-T justifies wife Coco Austin breastfeeding their almost 3-year-old daughter Chanel as 'comfort thing'
Ice-T shares that his wife Coco breastfeeds their daughter Chanel only as a 'comfort thing' and that it is not their child's primary food source
Fans will remember how Coco Austin had shared a picture of her breastfeeding daughter Chanel in May. Ice-T has addressed the issue and shared that their daughter does not only rely on breastfeeding and revealed that "it’s a comfort thing" for both Austin and Chanel.
As reported by PEOPLE, Ice-T shared, "Coco absolutely breastfeeds because she just wanted that mama connection with the baby. And now Chanel doesn’t breastfeed, but she wants the boob sometimes. It’s a moment where it’ll calm you down. But when people say, 'Oh, Coco’s still breastfeeding'. It’s not that. Chanel’s drinking everything in the refrigerator right now."
"She went to formula and other things. It’s more of a baby’s way of getting comfort from the mother," he added, explaining that breastfeeding has not been Chanel's main food source since she was 18 months old.
Another way baby Chanel draws comfort from her parents is from co-sleeping with her mom and dad. "Chanel’s still in the bed with us now. She worked her way into the bed. But we love it!" Ice-T said. "The thing is, she sleeps in her room but as soon as she wakes up, she’s on her way up to us anyway. We put her to sleep in her bedroom and then maybe 2 or 3 in the morning, she might wake up. So it’s not that serious," he continued.
Ice-T and Coco Austin have always been on top of the Halloween costume game and now their daughter, who will turn three next month, has also joined in on the fun.
Ice-T admitted that his wife Coco is the one who is the brain behind planning their Halloween outfits. The 'Law & Order: SVU' star told PEOPLE, "I let Coco set the tone and then I try to coordinate based on her, so I wait and figure out what she’s going to do. She goes on the internet and buys these cheap costumes. Sometimes she mixes and matches them and a lot of times she has to alter them to make them fit. I think she’s leaning towards a ninja," he added.
Ice-T also said he pays no attention to parent shamers and said, "Social media, to me, is to broadcast, not to receive. So when I go on social media, I just say what I want. I don’t really care what anyone is saying. I never felt shame because who can shame me? Who is the perfect parent? Parenting is a work in progress and all kids are different. People need to mind their business and worry about their kids. We got this handled."
Ice-T is also of the belief that Chanel will now able to understand more of what the holidays mean. The 60-year-old star said, "Last year, Coco dressed her up in a Halloween costume. She didn’t know what she was doing. She was just going along with it. Now this year, she’s [like], 'No, Mama, Peppa Pig! Peppa Pig!' She knows who she wants to be and I think she’ll understand Christmas a lot more and all those things."
"This will be the first year she’ll really understand Christmas is coming," he added.