Mum who accidentally fake tanned her baby's face while breastfeeding hits back at trolls
Published 22/08/2015 | 12:52
A mum who accidentally faked tanned her baby's face while breastfeeding has hit back at trolls who criticised her online.
Gemma Colley, from Leeds in the UK, shared a photograph of her baby’s accidentally tanned face after she breastfed him too soon after getting a spray-on tan.
“Yesterday I had a spray tan, a few hours later I breastfed my little boy. Cue 5 o’clock shadow and a very guilty mummy,” she shared on a Facebook forum for mothers called The Unmumsy Mum.
The funny photo attracted 100,000 likes on Facebook.
Mum Gemma returned to the page a few hours later to post a new photo of her baby, looking a lot less bronzed.
However, while Colley received a lot of support, she was also attacked by trolls who were "telling me I shouldn't be allowed to be a parent, I was selfish for getting a spray tan and should spend my time with my boys, I'd intentionally poisoned my son with chemicals, I'm the worst mum in the world, I was a f******* w****, and I'd given him cancer."
Writing in a blog post, she said she's not the "worst mum in the world".
"Yes I occasionally forget things, lose my s***, give my eldest (two and a half) one too many biscuits, and occasionally let the CBeebies presenters babysit, but I’d hardly say that constitutes as the worst mum in the world.
"If the only thing you get kicks from is writing abusive messages to people you know nothing about, then wow I really think you need to take a long hard look in the mirror.
"I’m really sorry I didn’t react to your messages because you are not worth my time, thought or effort. If this experience has made me realise one thing, it’s that I’m not as soft as I thought I was. Water off a duck's back."
Finally, she added, "If the worst thing I can do is give my baby an unintentional 5 o'clock shadow, I don't think I've done too bad."