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Wednesday 19th February 2020

Stacey Solomon hits back at criticism over weaning baby Rex 'too early'

She'd invited fans on social media to 'spot the tooth'

TV star Stacey Solomon has vowed to "give up" replying to people on social media after she came under fire for her choices as a parent.

The 30-year-old Loose Women favourite admitted she felt 'really down' after critics jumped on her for her views about weaning.

Sharing adorable snaps of baby Rex on Instagram, Stacey revealed her five-month-old has developed a tooth.

She cheerily captioned the images: "I can’t believe it… actually I can, we are quite a teethy family.

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"Can you see it? I feel like I can really see it but it probably doesn’t look like anything is there."

Stacey also admitted she felt "a little bit emotional" because she felt like her little one is growing quickly.

I’m also really excited to put that tooth to work and start giving him solids.

She continued: "But I’m also really excited to put that tooth to work and start giving him solids, I think I’ll give it a go this weekend."

Thousands of well wishers sent her their best in rapid order, with many commenting they could indeed spot Rex’s new gnasher.

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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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But among the positive comments were many strident remarks that insisted Stacey was raising her child 'incorrectly'.

A clearly upset Stacey later posted a general reply on her Instagram Stories, clarifying her caption - but also making it clear she is responsible for Rex, not her followers.

She wrote in the exasperated statement: "I said: 'I think I might give weaning a go this weekend.'

"Some people seem to think that means I’m going to feed my baby if he’s not ready… no.

"I always have and always will get the right advice and then make my decision. Because that’s exactly what it is - my decision.

"You can rest assured that I will never do anything that compromises my baby. Everything I ever do is in his best interest.

"Please think about that you’re saying because there are lots of women out there who made their own decisions for whatever reasons and you’re making them feel bad.

"We already feel guilty enough, we don’t need any more to add to the guilt train."

She also shared a short selfie clip of her cradling Rex and explained she would be consulting a nutritionist as part of her plans for Rex to ensure his weaning is a "fun, safe experience".

Stacey reflected:"'‘Toothgate' has really got me down.

"I give up. I’m going to stop replying to people. I only wanted to share a picture of his tooth because I was really, really proud of it."

She managed to joke about the negative reactions she has received: "It was like I’d said I was going to take him to KFC for a Bargain Bucket!"

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