As any new mum will testify, one of the toughest parts of motherhood is trying to figure things out under the constant watchful gaze of other judgy judgy parents. Since welcoming baby Luna with her husband John Legend last April, the 31-year-old model has had to deal with being mum-shamed for literally every parenting decision she makes. Thankfully, Chrissy doesn’t let the trolling get her down and we’ve come to love her witty retorts putting the keyboard warriors well and truly back in their boxes.
The latest celebrity to find himself on the receiving end of some rather critical dad-shaming is Peter Andre. “I love breast feeding its normal and beautiful but Not for social media,” one follower commented.
Sam Faiers has been parent-shamed about car seat safety but does it raise a wider issue about car seat confusion? When Sam Faiers shared a video of her 11-month-old baby giggling in his car seat, she received a barrage of comments. Uploading a short clip of her son, Paul, laughing in his swivel car seat, the 25-year-old mum quickly drew comments from some followers who assumed the car was moving and therefore claimed the position of the car seat wasn’t safe.
When writer Corissa Rieschieck, 33 from Victoria, Australia was supermarket shopping with her two-year-old son – who she affectionately calls Gremlin – she was surprised by the reaction of a complete stranger to her son’s dummy. After behaving himself during the shopping trip, Corissa let her little one have a post-shopping ride on a mechanical car, but when it was time to go, gremlin started getting upset. Both Corissa and her son were left in stunned silence and before the mum could gather herself enough to respond, the woman had walked off with the dummy in her hand.
One new mum who found herself in that exact position has penned a powerful essay on Instagram asking others to be mindful that the decision about how to feed your baby can be a complicated one. Jules Coffey, 30, a parenting blogger from Newcastle, New South Wales, took to social media to open up about the realities of breastfeeding and how challenging it can be for some mums. Sharing her own breastfeeding struggles the mum of one-year-old Emmison explained to her 30.7K followers that while she believes “breast is best” it isn’t always possible.
Jools Oliver shared this picture to Instagram but was accused of putting pressure on new mums [Photo: Instagram/joolsoliver] For many new mums fitting back into their pre-pregnancy trousers can be a real post-birth milestone. How is this supposed to help other women in the same situation who don’t snap back so quickly?” The comment clearly affected the wife of celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver and she has since responded to the criticism of the photo.
According to UNICEF’s website, the week is described as an opportunity for “mothers, breastfeeding supporters and health professionals to come together and share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities.” So, with that in mind, consider the irony of a mum being told not to breastfeed her baby in a branch of Mothercare during that exact time. Clare Shaw had just sat down to begin feeding her five-month-old daughter, Elsa in the branch in Edmonton, London, when a member of staff approached her to intervene.
This time it’s the turn of new mum Sam Faiers to be on the receiving end of the bashing. Sam’s parenting ‘crime’ was supposedly allowing her little one to face away from her, which critics said wasn’t safe, and allowing baby Paul to wear a pram suit that might cause him to overheat.
While she’s clearly relishing life as a new mum, Chrissy Teigen has come in for some pretty harsh flack since welcoming baby daughter, Luna Simone last month. The new dad is so fed up with people criticising his wife’s parenting skills that he’s hit back by asking people to dad shame him too! For it seems that whatever parenting decision Chrissy makes is met with criticism.