Kelly Rutherford spoke with OK magazine at the Return to Origins Recycling Program launch held Thursday at NYC’s General Motors Plaza.
Kelly, 40, who is expecting a daughter in June, is very passionate about saving the environment. One thing she is doing to stay green is continuing to breastfeed her 2 ½ year-old son Hermes, whose father is her soon-to-be ex Daniel Giersch.
“I’m an eco-breastfeeding mom,” she laughed. “It’s not good for everyone, but it has been great for me. In the beginning nutritionally or as time goes on, it’s a bond or a nurturing thing. I’ve heard you should allow the child to wean themselves. It’s possible.”
And she doesn’t intend to stop anytime soon.
“Obviously, before he goes to college, I’ll probably have to quit breastfeeding. You know when it’s right and you’ll feel that. Some moms aren’t fortunate enough. They have to go to work, and they can’t always be there. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a mom who has been able to be around and be home.”
One book that has helped Kelly cope with her son’s 2-year-old phase is Jan Hunt’s The Natural Child, which she got at The Golden Bridge in L.A.
“It talks about how to try to circumvent the terrible twos and the teenage years,” she shared. “If you take the time now to be there and present with them and listen, hopefully you won’t have such a tough time because they’re both natural phases of independence. They take a lot of presence. I’m doing my best to put a lot of time in now [laughs] and listen and be present and support him having his own mind, opinions, feelings and emotions, and doing the best I can to be present for those things – instead of ignoring them and hoping it all turns out.”
Kelly is putting all her effort into being a devoted mom.
“I think with your first child, especially, and not any less with your second, you just try to do everything right. You read up on it, and you try to do the best you can.”
“I hope I love them both beyond belief and they turn out OK,” Kelly said of her son and the daughter she is expecting in June.