Julia Stiles Speaks Out After She Was Criticized for the Way She Held Her Newborn

Julia Stiles
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The 36-year-old actress expressed that she didn't expect the backlash she received from mom shamers.

Julia Stiles has a message for mom shamers.

The 36-year-old actress was accused this week of not holding her newborn son, Strummer, correcting after she posted a picture of herself and her 5-week-old child in a baby carrier. On Friday, Stiles took to Instagram to speak out against the criticism she was receiving. 

"It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly," Stiles began her post.

"Wow, I didn't expect that. What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like, suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother. That's the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from 'Little Shop of Horrors,'" she continued. "I was trying to keep as much of my son's image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway."

The Riviera star added, "Yes, Mothers, always read the safety instructions. But also, Instagrammers: instead of writing snarky comments about a 5 week old, try dancing around your living room to a Clash record. It's way more fun."

Stiles and her husband, Preston J. Cook, welcomed their first child together on Oct. 20. The actress shared the news last week with a sweet photo of her baby's hand.

The new mom isn't the first celeb to fight back against mom shaming. Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Emily Blunt, among others, have spoken out in the past. 

Watch the video below to see what they've said.