Mom Shaming On Social Media. Why On Earth Do People Do It?

by | June 25, 2018

Mom shaming on social media.

Unfortunately, this is something we’ve all seen if we’ve been on social media for more than five minutes. Mom shaming on social media is everywhere, and everyone has an opinion on how you should be raising your child, even if they don’t have kids themselves.

“Breast is always best” “You’re not breastfeeding anymore?” “Put your boob away, people are eating” “Wow, you’re going back to work already?” “So, you’re just going to stay home with the baby?”

Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, you’ll get judged. Whether you’re a new mom or not, you’ll get judged. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a full time working mom, you’ll get judged. 


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Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. People think they have the right to tell people how to raise their kids and how to be a parent. While all advice is welcomed (most of the time), opinions will always be opinions.

Here’s the thing. It’s YOUR body, it’s YOUR baby, and YOU’RE the mother. It’s not THEIR body, it’s not THEIR baby, and THEY’RE not the mother. It’s as simple as that.

The three most common mom shaming on social media situations are:

1. Breastfeeding vs. Formula feeding.

           Now, surprisingly I’ve come to notice that this topic is highly debatable in the vegan community. Yes, breastfeeding does provide your little one with all the essential vitamins and nutrients he/she needs during their developing years. However, if a mother chooses not to breastfeed for whatever reason is up to THEM, not an outsider. Moms should not be expected to explain to anyone why they’re not breastfeeding. If moms emotional state is well and baby is fed and is healthy, all is well in the world. 


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2. Breastfeeding in public.

           Breastfeeding is natural. If adults eat at the table, and a woman wants to feed her child at dinner, let her. If you’re bothered by it, don’t look in that direction. Society has caused breastfeeding in public to be some type of taboo when women have been breastfeeding their children for ages. However, it is always up to the mother to feed her child wherever she feels comfortable.


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3. Stay at home moms.

           If you’re a stay at home, it doesn’t mean you stay home all day laying on the couch. If you’re a full-time working mom, it doesn’t mean you don’t love your child. Everyone has their own family dynamics, whether you stay home and raise your children or work a job that causes you to leave your child with someone else during those hours it doesn’t make you any less of a mom.

No one knows your story behind what they see in public. Therefore, live your life the way you want to live it, and raise your kids the way you want to! Please stop the mom shaming on social media and simply support one another instead.

 

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Lynda Landaverde Hi, I’m Lynda! I’m a new vegan mommy of one baby boy. I became vegan a few months pre-pregnancy, and am currently raising my son as Vegan. I hope to inspire other mama’s through my love for writing about veganism. Aside from being a mommy and writer, I also have a love for fitness. I’m a Pilates instructor who loves Yoga, hiking, and weightlifting. You can follow my vegan mommy journey on Instagram @theplantbasedmommy.

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