HILARY Duff hit back at mom-shamers after piercing her seven-month-old daughter Mae James' ears.
The Younger actress, 34, shared a photo of Mae with her new stud earrings and defended herself against people accusing her of "child abuse".
Hilary posted the sweet photo of her third child Mae smiling at the camera on her Instagram Stories on Monday.
The Nickelodeon alum wrote: "Yes ! I pierced her ears today. Can't wait for the internet to call me a child abuser…again. Lesss go."
Hilary was referring to the backlash she received in 2019, when she also pierced her older daughter Banks Violet' ears when the tot was seven months old.
The actress is mom to three children – Banks and Mae with husband Matthew Koma and son Luca Cruz with her ex-husband, ice hockey player Mike Comrie.
Sharing a photo of Banks at the time, the Lizzie Maguire star said: "She has enough hair for a pony! Oh and yes we pierced her ears."
Critics slammed her decision, with one comparing the move to "child abuse", while another asked why she would inflict "unnecessary pain" on a baby.
Earlier this year, Hilary reflected on how she copes with trolling over her parenting skills.
“At first I want to be defensive, but when I zoom out, I’m like, ‘It’s one person. That’s not how everybody feels. That doesn’t really matter," she told Yahoo!
"That person’s, like, a keyboard gangster who just needs to be heard or seen.’”
Hilary gave birth to Mae in March, announcing the news with a sweet black and white family snap, writing: "Mae James Bair- We LOVE you beauty 3-24-21."
The Disney alum had announced her pregnancy in October of 2020, after keeping the news under wraps for several months.
Hilary and Matthew married in 2019 after three years of dating.
Matthew is a singer, songwriter, and music producer who has collaborated with several big artists, including LMFAO, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Zedd, Alesso, Tiësto, and of course, Hilary Duff.
The couple first crossed paths while working on her 2015 album, Breathe In. Breathe Out.
He proposed to Hilary in New York in May 2019, with a handmade book of their life.
Hilary has shared: "It’s our whole entire story mapped out for us to refer back to as we get older and for our kids to know, which is amazing,”
“I [got] to the very last page, and there’s a little piece that I have to lift up and my ring was inside. It was so sweet. It was really special and really simple, which is very much how we are and how we operate. Then it started raining, and it was perfect.”
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