Stories from mom shaming’s front lines.

Here's Why We Mom-Shame (& Why It Can Feel So Good)

Mom shame: we've all experienced it. Whether it's a random stranger clucking her tongue over the bottle of formula we're giving our infant, a mother-in-law questioning how we've dressed our toddler, or that social media "friend" giving us a tactless …
By Jamie Kenney

New Moms Have Two Options: Be "Sad & Fat" Or "Desperate & Thin"

As the line goes, the worst thing you could say about me, I've already thought about myself. In the early postpartum period with my son, it was: "I am overweight, lonely, and heartbroken." It was four days after I brought my son into the world, and I…
By Danielle Campoamor

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 Moms Share The Worst Thing They Heard One Month After Giving Birth

The last thing a new mom needs, especially right after giving birth, is to feel attacked. So unless you can guarantee, 100 percent, that whatever it is you're about to say is uplifting, empowering, and encouraging, keep it to yourself. I asked moms t…
By Candace Ganger

I Breastfed In Public Without Covering Up, & This Is How People Treated Me

I’d like to tell you that I was confident and steadfast and determined when it came to breastfeeding my child in public. I’d love to be able to pen eloquent sentences of strength, highlighting a woman’s right to feed her child without shame or embarr…
By Danielle Campoamor

Here's How You Can Actually Turn Mom-Shaming Into A ~Positive~

Mom shaming. Whether it's the number of kids you do or don't have ('"Only one, huh?"), side-eye about how you handle public meltdowns, the good ol' breastfeeding versus bottle feeding convo, the method in which you gave birth, or commentary on your c…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

My Mother-In-Law's Judgment Is In Danger Of Ruining My Marriage

My relationship with my mother-in-law isn't great, and never has been. I always feel like she's judging and shaming me because, well, she is. I've come to a place in my life, though, where I try not to let it bother me. We're both adults, and we don'…
By Steph Montgomery

13 Moms Reveal The One Way They Cope With Constant Mom-Shaming

A mom posts a photo of herself bottle-feeding her newborn and is suddenly bombarded by three different friends, all asking why she isn’t breastfeeding. Doesn't she know "breast is best?" A mom decides to let her child have a bag of chips, and the str…
By Priscilla Blossom

Confessions Of A Mom-Shamer: 7 Ridiculous Things I Judge Other Moms For Doing

For the most part, I'm not big on the whole "turning my nose up at other people and their life choices" thing. You know, "let he who cast the first stone be without sin" and all that. My imperfections are extremely obvious, my friends, so I know the …
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Ways To Call Out Mom Shaming, According To A Psychotherapist

If you’re a mom or have ever been pregnant, you’ve probably been mom shamed. It happens far too often, and unfortunately it's often from other moms. It’s frustrating because moms should be lifting each other up and empowering each other as women, not…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Women Reveal The Painful Mom-Shaming They've Received From Their Own Partners

Mom-shamers don't discriminate. No matter what parenting choice you make, someone will find a way to criticize your decision. It's hurtful when the comment comes from a stranger or an acquaintance, but I'd argue it's not too hard to let those comment…
By Kimmie Fink

How To Deal With Online Shaming — Because It Happens To Every Mom

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when that village becomes judgmental, combative, and shaming? At a time when we share so much of our personal lives — including our parenting decisions — online, more and more mothers are…
By Danielle Campoamor

This Is What Someone Said To Me After I Posted A Picture Of My Son On Santa's Lap

I've never been a big fan of the holiday season. But because I have a son, my little family of three has found its own new ways to enjoy and redefine the Christmas season. For us, that involves taking our kid to sit on Santa's lap for pictures. My ki…
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Ways To Talk About Mom-Shaming With Your Partner, According To Relationship Experts

If you ever need more unsolicited opinions in your life, just start raising a child. Suddenly everyone and their dog has a negative opinion about the way you feed, dress, or simply breathe around your kid. It can be maddening. But talking about this …
By Lindsay E. Mack