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Why I Won’t Stop Breastfeeding

THE DIY NETWORK HOST OPENS UP ABOUT HER DECISION TO CONTINUE NURSING HER TODDLER—AND HOW IT FUELED A CONTENTIOUS CUSTODY BATTLE
Attachment Parenting “My child, in order to stay alive and to grow, needs to be attached to my breast, and the courts were saying no? It just doesn’t make any sense,” says Curtis.

It’s lunchtime at Nicole Curtis’s home near Detroit, and the single mom is busy feeding her 2½-year-old son Harper a bowl of pasta when the toddler pushes the dish aside and frantically reaches for her breast to nurse. “I keep saying it’s not like he’s 7 or 8—he’s still a baby,” she says, protectively stroking his hair as the toddler latches on to her chest. “Every single day I have to weather criticism about how my child is too old to breastfeed. But when he weans, it’s going to be his decision. I truly believe it’s the child’s choice.”

And it’s one that Curtis, 41, the star of the long-running DIY Network series Rehab Addict, is happy to defend, even as her choice to continue nursing her 30-month-old has emerged as a point of contention in a vicious two-year custody battle with her ex Shane Maguire, 54. “I

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