These days it seems like everyone feels entitled to their opinion about how other people parent. Everyone. Especially about what and how parents feed their kids. From the time you're pregnant, and strangers ask you if you plan to breastfeed your baby to the toddler years, to the school-age years when you struggle to get your kids to touch anything other than mac 'n cheese, let alone a vegetable. It's time for people to mind their own damn business, as there are so many things you can do instead of critiquing a mom on how she feeds her kid. Why? Because, being a mom is freaking hard, people are allowed to make different choices from you, and, frankly, your opinion isn't welcome or valid.
I've heard all kinds of criticisms. I've been lectured by a stranger in the formula aisle at Target about the supposed "dangers" of formula and GMOs. (Spoiler alert: there are none.) What this person didn't know is that I was not making enough breast milk, my baby was sick, and I already felt suicidally guilty about breastfeeding not working out, mostly because of judgment from strangers like her. Ironically, I've also been told to cover up or go to another room, while breastfeeding, because I made other people (including my now ex brother-in-law) uncomfortable. Nope. If you are uncomfortable with how I feed my baby, you leave the room.
Then there was the time that the person in line behind me in the grocery store check out lane decided to tells me how many grams of sugar there are in Lucky Charms. "Oh really? I thought the cereal with marshmallows was health food. Thank you so much for telling me." And, don't even get me started on the nasty comments I have heard when people find out that our family is vegetarian. "But, what do you eat?" The answer: pretty much everything that's not meat.
Unfortunately, I can't go back in time and give nosy people some unsolicited advice of my own, but the next time you think about commenting about what or how a mom feeds her kids, consider one of these options instead: