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Irish model Vogue Williams calls for end of 'parent shaming' after breast feeding criticism

Model revealed she cried after trolls first attacked her online

Vogue Williams (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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Irish model and television presenter Vogue Williams has called for an end to parent shaming after she was on the end of a bombardment of abuse from online trolls for revealing she was to stop breast feeding.

The DJ and her husband, the former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews (30) have a son Theodore.

The pair shared snippets of their lives as new parents when they starred together in Spencer, Vogue And Baby Too, a three-part reality show on E4.

Writing for Grazia, Williams (33) revealed what it's like to be a parent in the public eye.

"Two weeks after I gave birth to my son Theodore last September, I attended a work event one evening," she said.

"I was only there for 45 minutes and went straight back home to him. But the next day there was uproar online. People were judging me for going back to work so quickly."

But the presenter faced parent shaming again last week when she revealed in a post on Instagram that she plans to stop breastfeeding when he turns six months old.

The post also detailed the initial embarrassment she felt when she began breast feeding and requested followers' advice on formula milk.

"People were arguing about whether ‘breast was best’ and if I should be breastfeeding for longer. In the end, I had to turn off the comments.

"Good on every mother, whether they breastfeed or not, because this is not an easy job and as long as you and your baby are healthy and happy, that’s all that counts."

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The model wrote that to have been able to breast feed Theodore for six months was a massive achievement and that she was proud to have done so.

"I don’t need to have women putting me down, or saying they’re a better mother than me. I won’t be made to feel guilty about being a working mum, it’s my choice, and I know I’m doing a good job.

"The first time I got parent-shamed, I cried. But Spencer has taught me not to care what people say. Otherwise you can get sucked in and start thinking, 'am I really like that? Is that what my body really looks like?'"

 The ex-wife of Brian McFadden, Williams and Matthews tied the knot in June 2018 after becoming engaged the previous February.

The pair met when they appeared as contestants on snow sports show The Jump in March 2017.

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