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Stacey Solomon fans defend her as she’s criticised over parenting decision with Rex

She shared photos of Rex trying blended broccoli

Fans have defended Stacey Solomon as she revealed she's starting to wean son Rex.

The Loose Women presenter shared two photos of Rex digging into some solid foods for the first time as she began the weaning process with the almost six-month-old.

Stacey, 30, told fans: "Dinner time. And so it begins... Our weaning journey has officially started.

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"First stop steamed and blended broccoli. I forgot how much fun this is. He absolutely loved playing with the food and his spoon, I’m not sure what he thought about the eating part, his face when he ate it was the funniest thing ever (in the second picture).

"I can't wait to introduce loads of different foods and have him at the dinner table with us.

"Well done Rexy we love you to the moon and back."

However, some parenting police were quick to express their concerns over Stacey weaning Rex early.

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Sorry for the essay... So Lots of people have been asking me if I’m still breast feeding. It’s taken me a bit of time to feel okay about saying no. I stopped a couple of months ago & I really struggled to come to terms with it & actually say it out loud. Breastfeeding never happened for me the way that I imagined. I did my best to try & master it, but it wasn’t to be. On day 5 we ended up back in hospital because of weight loss & I ended up pumping in between feeds to make sure he put it back on so we could be discharged, then I continued this at home until he reached his birthweight. I then tried to switch to exclusive breastfeeding but whenever I did he lost weight again & It would break my heart to think that my own want to breastfeed was not helping my baby grow so I mix fed. As he got bigger his demand for milk got higher & my boobs couldn’t keep up the supply. By the time I did two full days back at work without him on the boob or pumping my milk dried up & before I knew it my breastfeeding journey was over. I felt sad for quite some time, every time he rooted my gut ached. I felt like I’d failed & that I’d lost the chance to have that special time & bond with Rex. I felt like everyone else was going to feed him & I’d loose my baby. I felt like I should have done more to master it in the first 24 hours & I should have done more research & asked for help. But as time has gone on, I’ve realised the truth. The truth is, I did my absolute best. Every baby is different. I’m so lucky I have a few wonderful breastfeeding memories & some women don’t get that chance😢. I have an extremely special bond with Rex, one that would be there wether I breastfed or not, he grew in my tummy and we’ve known each other for a long time (we go way back😂) I love bottle feeding, it’s nice to share the feeding with Joe & our family sometimes too, they’re not stealing him away, just helping & bonding too. Doing things differently wouldn’t mean my journey would have been any different. He was a small, tired little pickle & he struggled to feed. But the most important thing is he was fed bottle/breast it doesn’t matter. Mamas u really are incredible. 🖤

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One person said: "I'm probably going to get jumped on but please do your research before weaning. It can cause life long illnesses weaning before the gut matures."

Another wrote: "You should do research before weaning early."

Many defended Stacey's decision to wean Rex.

I can't wait to introduce loads of different foods and have him at the dinner table with us.

One person said: "NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL every child walks at different ages, talks etc etc."

Another commented: "Good on you! Wean when ready!"

A third added: "Can't imagine having to explain yourself to thousands of strangers over a decision that doesn't concern them. Must be tiring."

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Stacey welcomed Rex back in May with her boyfriend Joe Swash.

The star is also a mum to sons Zachary, 11, and Leighton, seven, from previous relationships.

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