Julia Stiles hits back at mom shamers

Julia Stiles has hit back at mom-shamers after receiving a barrage of criticism on Instagram for holding her newborn son Strummer the wrong way in a carrier.

The 36-year-old actress, who welcomed her first child in October, had promoted a front baby carrier by brand Tula in a post she shared on Wednesday.

The Bourne Identity star captioned the sponsored snap: 'I haven't worn a back pack since middle school. Now I have a front pack. #jujube #tulababycarriers'.  

'Thanks for the concern': Julia Stiles has hit back at Instagram critics after they told her she was holding her baby incorrectly in the comments section of a sponsored post

'Thanks for the concern': Julia Stiles has hit back at Instagram critics after they told her she was holding her baby incorrectly in the comments section of a sponsored post

But some Instagram users weren't happy with the image which showed five-week-old Strummer sitting snug with his legs tucked up inside the pouch. 

It wasn't long before fans started commenting on Julia's post that her baby boy's legs should have been poking out the sides of the carrier.

One commenter wrote: 'Congrats! Beautiful new momma! Tula tip: Little baby feets go out the sides and not in the waistband' 

While another person chimed in: 'feet should never be in the waist band' 

An ensuing debate then took place between commenters, albeit well-meaning, about the correct way to use the carrier.

Critics: This is the post Julia shared on Wednesday promoting a baby carrier she liked which triggered the mommy-shamers

Critics: This is the post Julia shared on Wednesday promoting a baby carrier she liked which triggered the mommy-shamers

Instagram users, some trying to be helpful, told Julia that Strummer's feet should have been out to the side, not tucked in

Instagram users, some trying to be helpful, told Julia that Strummer's feet should have been out to the side, not tucked in

On Friday the New York native wrote a response to the barrage of advice, sharing a message accompanied by a photo of 1970s punk rock band The Clash.

She began: 'It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly.

'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". 

'I was trying to keep as much of my son's image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And

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