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A young mum, posting under the name Leanne, shared a hilarious clip of her young son enjoying the brew out of a square cup.
When she asks him what he’s drinking, the little one heartily responded: “Cup of tea,” before taking a sip.
The video quickly went viral on the clip-sharing app, quickly amassing nearly 2 million views.
However, not everyone believed Leanne was right to be giving the hot milky beverage to her little one.
Taking to the comments, one person wrote: “Tea is just as bad as coffee, it’s filled with caffeine which is bad for babies.”
Another viewer added: “Addicted to caffeine at one years old LOL.”
A third person weighed in: “My kid loved tea until my health visitor told me to stop as it can cause them to not produce enough iron and they can end up anaemic.”
And a fourth said: “It’s not a good thing though, being addicted to caffeine isn’t a thing to be proud of. And before you say it, I’m English.”
Others were concerned about the cup the child was drinking from, expressing their fears that he could spill his drink.
“Not sure about practicality of this cup,” warned one viewer, and another agreed: “No issue with the tea but that's the worst thought out kids cup ever.”
After seeing a number of negative comments, Leanne felt the need to defend her actions.
“For the ones who are commenting about the tea… He had seen me with a cup of tea and wanted one,” she wrote. “A cup with a small amount of tea won’t hurt him.”
And Leanne had hundreds of other people on her side, with many saying they had drank tea as children.
“Am I really seeing a debate over a kids having a cuppa? As long as it’s a Yorkshire tea,” one person wrote.
“What a lad. There’s nothing wrong with him having a brew… he’s enjoying it, that’s all that matters,” said a second.
“I had tea in my bottle constantly as a baby,” a third agreed. “You can really tell that everyone who’s pressed about it are Americans.”
We Brits do like to start ‘em young when it comes to knocking back a cuppa.
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