When supermodel Coco Rocha posted an otherwise-innocent Instagram photo that indicated she was using formula to feed her 6-month-old daughter, Ioni, it was as if she was announcing to the world she was giving her baby bottles of lighter fluid.
Commenters immediately took to the post — which showed a text message exchange in which she used a nifty service called GoButler to have a can of Similac baby formula delivered to her hotel in Hawaii, where she was vacationing with her family — to criticize her decision to use formula over good old-fashioned breastmilk.
(Of course, they also blasted her for using the service instead of going out and buying it herself, which seems a bit harsh considering how plenty of moms in all tax brackets thrive on the conveniences of Amazon Prime without judgment.)
We wouldn't have blamed her for just ignoring the backlash. We would have also understood if she quickly followed it up with a now-commonplace celebrity breastfeeding selfie to throw the haters off her trail. But her response was better than anything we could have expected.
She immediately followed it up with another Instagram photo, this one of her baby girl drinking straight from a bottle.
But it was the caption that was absolute perfection:
Getting a lot of unwanted advice based on my last post. Not that this is anyone's business - I loved breastfeeding Ioni for the first 5 months of her life and then one day my milk went dry. It happens to every mom at different times. She's been on formula for a few weeks now and seems to be doing just fine. In the last 4 weeks she gained another 2 pounds, grew another inch and is in the 90th percentile for her age. Anyone who has a negative comment to make on the way I raise my baby will be blocked. This is not a democracy, everyone doesn't get a say.
Well said. We certainly think it wasn't necessary for her to even have to explain her situation or make excuses, but that last line was what we hope sticks with all moms when it comes to criticizing any other mom's parenting decision. It's simply none of your business.