Though Nicole Curtis is still breastfeeding her 2½-year-old son, Harper, the Rehab Addict star's ex is arguing the toddler "no longer needs to nurse" and is now seeking more parenting time with Harper. According to The Blast, Shane Maguire filed Michigan court documents on Monday, Nov. 13 requesting a change to the former couple's current custody arrangement so he may see his son more often.
Shane's filing is just the latest in his ongoing custody battle with Nicole, 41. After splitting several years ago, the pair was granted joint visitation of their son. But, the HGTV star fought for full custody of Harper because he was still being "exclusively breastfed." She previously told People, "You would think that something so natural was just an automatic right to the baby and to the mother. I don’t think courts understand basic scientific logistics of breastfeeding they see it as, just give the baby a bottle."
Nicole recently opened up about her decision to continue breastfeeding 2½-year-old Harper. "I keep saying, it’s not like he’s seven or eight — he’s still a baby. 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," she told People. "My child nurses on demand. He’s not on a schedule because he didn’t have to be. The court just assumes I’m a refrigerator full of milk, and that’s not how the human body works. This has been the scariest part of my journey."
Nicole added it has been difficult for her to produce enough breastmilk to supply Harper for when he lives with his dad. "I had to pay an outside licensed lactation specialist to witness me pump without results. I sat in my living room with my shirt off, hooked up in front of a stranger to document that my body did not produce enough," she explained. Nicole was later granted access to see Harper during Shane's visitations in order to breastfeed 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.' It’s important that children have both of their parents. But [preventing] me from breastfeeding my child just so he can see the dad is not right," Nicole continued. "I’ve always been a fighter. If something’s not right, I’m the first person to stand up. And I don’t believe that my child should have to wean because of our situation."