Sister Wives star Maddie Brown – the daughter of Kody and Janelle Brown – recently welcomed her second child with husband Caleb Brush, and she has been keeping her fans up-to-date on social media with pics of her two little ones. But, a recent photo had the internet trolls flocking to her Instagram page to mommy shame the 23-year-old over the use of a pacifier.
Brown is now the mom of Evangalynn Kodi – who arrived on August 20th – and 2-year-old Axel James. But, when she posted a super sweet pic of herself with her two kids last month, all the critics could see was that Axel was sucking on a pacifier, and they let Brown know all about it.
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Axel's paci is a hot topic and I receive countless PM's, comments and all of it. People are just trying to be helpful, I get that. Its not helpful though, it makes me feel worse because he was weened at one point. Its something I set up evaluations for, talk to his teachers about, talk to his doctors about because I get so much flack on here it stresses me out that much. . Axel was weened from his paci before Evie was born. 100%. Its something you can actually see the evolution of on my feed and story archives. When she was born it was the ONE THING he regressed on! . Trust me, I did everything to fight it. I took this picture to send to my mom, that we were finally done fighting, after Axel walked around for 3 hours crying till he threw up. We both had melted downs, my house was DESTROYED from him looking for it (because he knows where we hide it) and all the other things you can imagine. After that I talked to his pediatrician (again), the medical professional who ACTUALLY KNOWS AXEL AND WHERE AXEL IS AT IN HIS LIFE. His Doctor said its not something I shouldn't be stressing about during this transition time for our family. Its something we are going to start slowly with when things are a little less fresh. . He doesn't have it at school, he's as verbal as they expect, he is learning and there are no serious red flags. If there was and he still had it in and the people in his life said it was OK, guess what, he would still have it! . Our transition from 1-2 has kicked my a**. I know it does so many other moms as well! I hear it! Adding all the stress of your opinions about my child paci does not help and it makes me want to snap back with so much worse than I do and stop showing my life. . I KNOW I am not the only mom who receives advice that is only meant to help but it ends up not being helpful at all. We as moms have enough guilt. Chances are, what you are about to say, has already been said to them 10000x by someone else just coming from a loving place as well. Unless the advice is asked for, just be supportive of the decisions being made. Its really that simple I promise. We are all trying out best here! 💚💚💚
She recently followed up with a pic of her and Axel – who still had a pacifier in his mouth – and she wrote in the caption that “Axel’s paci” had been a hot topic on her Instagram page, and she had received countless PMs and comments about it.
Brown said that she understands that many people are trying to be helpful, but it’s not helping her at all. Instead, the comments and messages make her feel worse because at one point she had successfully weaned Axel off of the pacifier.
“It’s something I set up evaluations for, talk to his teachers about, talk to his doctors about because I get so much flack on here it stresses me out that much,” wrote Brown.
The young mom was trying to make it clear that her son’s pacifier use was a personal issue, and she didn’t need anyone’s input. But, of course, that’s not how the internet works. The negative comments didn’t stop, so she added more to the caption, telling her fans “You do you Momma!” and she literally means that in the best way possible. Brown told her fans to do what is best for them, and she admitted that she sometimes forgets to do that herself.
Brown then revealed that the loving comments had started pouring in, and she had numerous moms reach out to her to say that they thought they were the only ones dealing with these issues, and they had heard the same things as Brown.
“I hope my raw and ‘shove it’ post helped other moms, who are in the trenches and may be struggling, to know that we are all a mess just living day to day here. Or at least I am,” wrote Brown. “Sometimes I let things get the better of me. Too often I get on Instagram and feel like I am doing something wrong.”
Brown added that she has to remind herself that Instagram is a highlight reel, and we all post the best pics of ourselves. She said that we forget that others are doing the same, and we get caught up in the “picture perfectness of it all.”
Maddie Brown explained that she posted because she knew she couldn’t be the only with these issues. And, she wrapped up her post by thanking her fans for the validation and love because sometimes the reassurance is nice.
TLC has not yet announced when Season 14 of Sister Wives will premiere. But, the speculation is that it will be later this year, or in early 2020.