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Concerned mums urge Amy Childs to consider new parenting tactic again

Some followers branded her "irresponsible" following her latest Instagram post

Amy Childs became a mum for the first time back in April to her daughter Polly.

But the former TOWIE star has been slated by fans after revealing she wants to wean her four-month-old tot on to solid food ‘early’.

Many of her followers hit out at the star saying that the NHS advises six months as the minimum age for weaning.

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The star revealed she’s weaning Polly on to solid food early (Credit: Instagram)

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Alongside a snap showing two Aptamil products, one baby rice and the other creamed porridge, Amy wrote: “Ok girls so here it goes!!!

“So I’m going to put Polly on baby rice, she seems to be getting so hungry. I was feeding her every 4 hours and now she is waking up in between wanting more food!

“I don’t know why but I still think she is so small to be having baby rice but I’m going to give it a try as they now say to put them on rice at four months.

“A lot of new mums told me not to wait until they’re six months [but] Polly is a very hungry baby 👶🏻.

“Any other mums nervous weening? I sure am 🙋🏼 will let you no how I get on 🙊.”

Almost straight away concerned mums started commenting on the post advise the new mum to rethink her decision.

Others branded her “irresponsible” for even considering it.

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Fans rushed to express their concern over Amy’s decision (Credit: Instagram)

One wrote: “Baby rice has no nutritional value whatsoever. There’s a reason guidelines say six months!”

“There’s a massive growth spurt around four months. Weaning before six months can cause some issues later on in life,” another said.

A third wrote: “Weaning early is stupid!!! You need educating asap.”

One user added: “So irresponsible to even consider giving your child baby rice at her age, it basically has no nutritional value whatsoever.”

“Baby rice has NO nutritional value so you may as well feed your daughter cardboard,” another ranted.

The official NHS advice on weaning reads: “You should start giving your baby solid foods, often called weaning, when they are around six months old.

“Health experts agree that this is the best age. Before this, your baby’s digestive system is not developed enough to cope with solid foods.”

Amy became a mum for the first time to Polly in April (Credit: Instagram)

Back in June Amy, 27, revealed that she split from ex-boyfriend and Polly’s dad Bradley Wright.

The former couple made the decision to end their relationship just six weeks after welcoming their little girl.

Amy admitted she felt “more like his mum” than his girlfriend.

Speaking to OK! magazine she said: “When I found out I was pregnant, I said: ‘I want to work so hard to give her the best in life,’ but it felt like Brad wasn’t thinking about that.

“After Polly arrived, he was sleeping in a different room. Towards the end I became more like a friend and his mum.

“Even when he came home from work he’d have a cuddle with her and he did that a little bit but then he’d go upstairs.

“I think he was just so over it. When she was crying in the night, he wouldn’t come in and say, ‘Can I help?’ It was always me.”

Amy and Bradley split just six weeks after welcoming their daughter (Credit: Instagram)

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Bradley said: “I’m adjusting to the split from Amy; it’s hard. If Amy feels like I wasn’t helping with Polly it was because I’ve been very busy with work.

“I’m a tree surgeon and ground worker, so it’s dangerous if I’m tired.

“It’s all new to Amy, having a baby, and she’s been very tired – particularly after five days in.

“Everything was my fault and I never had a say, so I just kept out of it. I wasn’t Amy’s priority – other people were.”

But they are both now focusing on being parents to Polly.

Speaking about being a mum for the first time Amy said on This Morning: “Do you know what I’m absolutely loving it. I knew that I’d love her more than anything but I just can’t believe how much I love her.

“It’s just unconditional love.”

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