A mum has been left shocked by social media users’ response to a recent video she posted showing her weaning her two-year-old son.
Doting mum Emma documents her motherhood journey on her TikTok page @a_mothers_tale, and recently revealed she was weaning her tot.
In a clip with the tongue-in-cheek caption: “First rule or wean club: NEVER sit down!”, Emma can be seen sitting on a sofa as her little boy lifts up her top and sticks his head beneath it in a desperate attempt to feed from her.
Meanwhile, an on-screen caption read: "Week 1 of weaning got us like..."
The clip was posted on 3 October, and Emma said that it didn’t take long for her page to be inundated with cruel messages.
Beneath the video, which so far has racked up more than two million views, unkind comments like: “Is that kid in college?” “How old is he, 7?” and “This is wrong!” started piling up.
Emma decided to set the record straight in a follow up video, saying: "My jaw was literally on the floor. Like I cannot believe the hate I have woken up to this morning.”
She went on: "I've been called disgusting. I've been told I'm wrong. I've been told I have serious issues. And I actually had somebody message me and tell me that I should be locked up."
Emma also noted: "I'm sorry but if you have issues with that video, and you are sexualising the relationship between a mother and a two-year-old child, I'm not the one with the issues.” Hear, hear!
However, it’s worth pointing out that not everyone who watched Emma’s video felt the need to leave pointlessly mean messages, and many fellow mums shared their support.
One person wrote: “These comments absolutely do not pass the vibe check. Cannot stand a judgmental Judy. You do what’s best for you sister!”
A second person echoed: “Weaning your children is hard, judgemental strangers is even harder. You do what's best for you and your child. You're doing great mama,” while a third wrote: “Y'all need to leave her alone. He's fine lol.
"Literally all my family fed their babies until they were 2... it's completely normal.”
A fourth person penned: “Hugs to you mama that’s tough. Poor bub too. May the odds be ever in your favour.”
“I’m not a mom but it astounds me the amount of mum-shaming from other moms?! Looks like you’re doing great and maintaining a boundary for him,” pointed out a fifth social media user.