Bekah Martinez is quickly becoming a millennial mommy influencer. Since giving birth to her daughter Ruth in February, the Bachelor alum has continued to share ultra-honest snippets of her life as a new mother on social media — some of which are being trolled by mom shamers.
Recently, the 24-year-old posted an Instagram photo in which she’s holding a glass of white wine while breastfeeding her newborn. In the caption, Martinez assures followers, “I was waiting patiently for her to finish nursing before beginning my (single!) glass of wine.”
Though most medical professionals will tell you that moderate alcohol consumption is perfectly fine while breastfeeding, that didn’t stop fans from criticizing Martinez. “I don’t think you should be drinking if you are breastfeeding,” says one follower.
Others chimed in with their disapproval, but just as many were quick to come to Martinez’ defense, some sharing their own experiences consuming alcohol while breastfeeding. “I see nothing wrong with having a little wine while nursing. I did with both my kids and every doctor I had ALSO said it was perfectly fine,” one comment read.
“Drinking wine actually helps promote letdown since it relaxes you! My OBGYN is all about having a glass of wine for nursing mommas. Drink on momma. Cheers,” read another.
“Oh dear, all the hate over a glass of wine,” added one fan. “People need to get a life. You look like you’re LIVING.” Well said.
Is it so hard to believe that other women know what they’re doing when it comes to parenting their own children? A simple Internet search brings up a slew of evidence supporting the occasional drink. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) simply recommends that breastfeeding mothers limit their alcohol intake and refrain from drinking two hours or less before breastfeeding.
Martinez’ post-pregnancy photos have certainly been divisive, but there’s no denying that she’s unapologetic in her modern parenting style. And as long as mom and baby are happy and healthy, we don’t see anything wrong with that.