A mom who told a pretty big lie to a woman who shamed her decision to use formula has the internet divided over whether she went too far or not.
Every time we write an article about mom-shaming here at BabyGaga, we still can't quite believe that it's a real thing. Not just a real thing, but a trend that seems to be rearing its ugly head on a far too regular basis. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it is exactly what it sounds like. People making mothers feel bad for decisions they make when it comes to caring for their children.
As you might imagine, as with any other form of ridicule and shaming, most mom-shaming takes place on social media. However, one anonymous mom was treated to a dose of it in person when shopping in Target recently. The mom took to Reddit to tell her story, reports CafeMom, and also to explain how she fended off the nosy mom-shamer.
The story begins with the stranger approaching the mom and asking how old her three-month-old daughter was. Innocent enough, and once she gave her an answer, the stranger shot the baby formula in the mom's basket a dirty look. The stranger then proceeded to say "honey, you know breastfeeding is way better for her than THAT stuff."
Aside from what this mom feeds her baby being none of the stranger's business, she also has no idea why the mom has chosen formula over breast milk. It turns out that the mom struggled with the breastfeeding process and reluctantly had to throw in the towel. However, rather than tell her that, the mom revealed that she told the stranger she had undergone a double mastectomy. The stranger then went bright red and hurried away as fast as she possibly could.
As is probably obvious by now, the controversy has come from the lie the mom told. Some women fall on the side of the lie was a good one to tell, and perhaps it will make the stranger think twice before she makes a potentially hurtful comment in the future. A mom who has undergone a double mastectomy commented on the original post siding with the lie. Others think that lying about something so serious is a step too far. Which side of the fence do you fall on?