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Model Coco Rocha Defends Bottle Feeding Photo

Parenting is not a democracy

Coco Rocha breastfeeding bottlefeeding

Coco Rocha doesn't just simply stand around all day long looking pretty. The Canadian model has a mind and she spoke it after receiving a barrage of "unwanted" parenting advice on social media.

It's a sad state of affairs when a mom posts an adorable baby photo, as Rocha did, then is forced to explain - and defend and justify - the reason her infant daughter is being formula fed.

"It happens to every mom at different times," Rocha said of the fact her milk dried up.

Rocha took the high road, warning Instagram users who posted negative comments would be blocked. No such comments are visible on her posts.

"...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," wrote Rocha. "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."

She's right. It's no one's business. The only people entitled to know how much weight a baby is or isn't gaining are her parents and her pediatrician, so I wish she hadn't felt shamed into sharing this information with the masses.

As Rocha adds: "[Parenting] is not a democracy, everyone doesn't get a say."

If I had a loony for every time I had to reiterate these words... Breast is best, but bottle is also acceptable if prepared properly.

If Health Canada deems it so, then that's good enough for me - and it should be good enough for you, too.