Danica McKellar recently opened up about her views on attachment parenting.
The former Wonder Years star revealed that she breastfed her son Draco until he was two-and-a-half years old. McKellar described her decision to stop breastfeeding her son a “big transition.”
She added, “That was just, like, a few weeks ago that we stopped. I just sensed that it was time that he needed to be a little more independent.”
Like many mothers who are champions of attachment parenting, McKellar said she often felt people were judging her. The actress explained that older patrons at restaurants would sometimes shoot her troubled looks, though she tried not to let them get to her.
The actress also stated that she doesn’t listen what folks have to say about how she chooses to raise her son. Despite these criticisms, Danica McKellar feels that she is doing the right thing.
“Cuddling, being close, you know, sleeping in the same bed sometimes, wearing him in a sling, long-term breastfeeding, all have to have this closeness. On the other hand, doing everything your child wants you to do right when they want you to do it is another thing. Spoiling them is completely different,” she explained to ABC News.
The Tasmanian Devils star believes that every parent should determine what works best for them. When it comes to how long a mother should breastfeed her child, McKellar feels that it’s up to the parent to take cues from the child.
“[Draco] still asks for it sometimes, but he’s ready to be independent. He asks, but only in the morning when he’s still half asleep. He doesn’t ask during the day at all. It’s like an automatic response, but then he starts playing and forgets,” she told Us Weekly.
“You can breastfeed as long as it works for both you and your child, you know? For me it was two and a half and for you it might be three and a half or three months or whatever it is that works,” she said.
McKellar isn’t the only Hollywood actress who is a champion of attachment parenting. Big Bang Theory and Blossom star Mayim Bialik and singer Alanis Morissette also subscribe to this controversial philosophy.
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