When Harper was six-months-old, his father Shane was awarded joint custody and visitation two days a week. Up until that point, Nicole had exclusively breastfed her son.
“He 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,” Nicole told People.
While Nicole admitted, “It’s important that children have both of their parents,” she said the court’s decision to "[prevent] me from breastfeeding my child just so he can see the dad is not right.”
Shane, however, argued that Nicole is using Harper’s diet as a way to keep him away from their son. Shane’s attorney, Jerry Cavellier, told People that Harper took baby formula from a bottle as early as six months. Nicole claimed Shane withheld info about how he fed Harper, which Shane’s attorney denied.
Nicole also said she struggles to produce milk now that Harper isn’t around for her to feed all the time. “I’m still carrying around an electric breast pump trying to keep my breast milk supply up,” Nicole explained, adding that what little she does collect “sadly gets dumped.”
“I’ve always been a fighter. If something’s not right, I’m the first person to stand up,” Nicole, who is also mom to 19-year-old Ethan, said. “And I don’t believe that my child should have to wean because of our situation.”
Nicole added that while her relationship with Shane is “not perfect or even close…it’s better.” “We’re working on it,” she said.
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