'Worst Mom in the World' Speaks Out on Controversial Photo of Baby Son

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Moms, take heed: This is what happens when you breastfeed after fake-baking. (Photo: Facebook)

The mother-of-two who breastfed her son a few hours after getting a spray tan — and posted the proof to a moms’ group on Facebook — has something to say to those who’ve dubbed her the “worst mom in the world.”

In an August 14 blog post titled “Nobody’s Perfect,” Gemma Colley, of Leeds, England, explained that when she shared the photo of her baby’s tan-smeared face to her personal page, her friends’ reactions were lighthearted and funny. “Literally choked on my cup of tea! It’s a baby Homer Simpson!,” said one commenter.

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The response was so positive that shortly after, Colley decided to post the photo to The Unmumsy Mum’s public Facebook page, expecting she’d make a few moms laugh and maybe even serve as a cautionary tale for spray-tanning moms like herself. She captioned the photo: “From one mum to another, I’d like to let you know about my epic fail of fails. 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. Lesson to you all. Don’t do this.”

That photo quickly went viral, gathering more than 100,000 likes, nearly 40,000 shares, and 18,000 comments — mostly from parents who saw humor in the ordeal, but also from a fair amount of naysayers, according to Colley.

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“A number of people [are] 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*&%ing whore, and I’d given him cancer,” the mom reveals in her blog post. She goes on to address her critics directly:

“For the ones who said I was selfish for having a spray tan, well god forbid a mum should take a bit of time out for herself. I forgot I should have them both attached by umbilical cord until they reach their 18th birthdays. I love spending time with my boys, but occasionally I need a break, not a crime.”

Amen, Mama.

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