Hilary Duff just clapped back at mum-shamers who criticised her parenting

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Photo credit: Hilary Duff - Instagram
Photo credit: Hilary Duff - Instagram

Hilary Duff took to social media this week to preemptively call out trolls who plan on criticising her decision to pierce her daughter's ears.

The 34-year-old, who welcomed her third child earlier this year, shared a photo of baby Mae to her Instagram Story, showing off her newly pierced ears. She captioned the post: "Yes! I pierced her ears today. Can't wait for the internet to call me a child abuser... again. Lesss [sic] go."

In the post, Hilary referred to the backlash she'd received in 2019 when she opted to get her now three-year-old daughter Banks' ears pierced at eight months. At the time, some social media users claimed the actor had "caused unnecessary pain" to her child, with others branding the decision "child abuse."

Speaking about the criticism she faced, the Lizzie McGuire star told Yahoo! earlier this year that she's "so used to dodging the comments or the judgment."

"You just get a tough skin and you don’t realise how much it actually affects you," she pointed out, "I don’t comment on other people's posts like that, so I don’t understand, but I guess it’s just a need for attention or whatever. It’s hard not to take it personally."

Photo credit: Hilary Duff - Instagram
Photo credit: Hilary Duff - Instagram

On the topic of how she's learnt to handle trolls online, the mum-of-three said that her initial reaction is to be "defensive" although she reminds herself "that's not how everyone feels."

She continued: "That person's a keyboard gangster who just needs to be heard or seen."

Hilary, who shares a son with ex-husband Mike Comrie and two daughters with singer-songwriter Matthew Koma, has been relatively open with her fans about her experience with motherhood. Earlier this year, she revealed she was "scared" about the possibility of welcoming another girl, given that her first daughter was "a tough cookie as a baby."

The following month, the Younger actor spoke about her decision to have her older children present at the birth of baby Mae. "It was kind of important for me [for Luca to be there] because I’m really big on being open and honest with him about how strong women are and what childbirth looks like," she said on Dr. Elliot Berlin's Informed Pregnancy podcast, adding that Banks came into the room "right after the fact."

On the podcast, Hilary also pointed out how breastfeeding had been an "emotional" journey for her. "All of the babies latch really great; I'm just not a huge milk producer, so it's emotional for me," she said, before discussing how her mental health affected the experience.

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