LOL: Breastfeeding Mom Cops to an “Epic Fail of Fails”

baby colleyShow of hands: Who here is guilty of a parent fail? Yup, pretty much everybody, ever. A dad friend of mine once admitted to looking the other way when his 2-year-old bypassed the chicken on her plate and ate only ketchup for dinner. A mom I know told her child that people only have birthday parties every five years. And just the other day, I bribed my kid into going to camp by promising him a Starbucks cake pop.

But Gemma Colley may have us all beat. Earlier this week, the British mama got a spray tan, then went home to her two kiddos. A few hours later, her baby boy was hungry, so Colley began breastfeeding him. When the infant was done, he pulled back and revealed a Jon Hamm-esque five o’clock shadow.

Oops! Lucky for us, the good-natured Colley shared her self-described “epic fail of fails” on The Unmumsy Mum’s Facebook page, writing, “I had a spray tan, a few hours later I breastfed my little boy. Cue 5 o’clock shadow and a very guilty mummy. Lesson to you all. Don’t do this.” Naturally, the Internet has totally embraced the photo: As of this writing, it’s been shared over 43,000 times and liked by 161,560 people.

Of course, there’s no telling how many of those people may also have been a little freaked out at the sight of Baby Colley’s face smeared with a bunch of chemicals. Rest assured, it looks worse than it probably is. “There isn’t any research that we’re aware of about whether artificial tanning products affect infants, but since this is a one-time event with a limited amount of product, it probably isn’t harmful,” says Diana West, IBCLC, director of media relations for La Leche League International. “The most important takeaway is that the tanning product shows that this mother responded to her baby’s need to nurse, which is always a wonderful thing.”

I want to hear from you: What’s your worst parenting fail? Share it in the comments below!

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Ashlee Simpson Welcomes Her Baby Girl!

Ashlee Simpson & Evan RossSinger-songwriter Ashlee Simpson, 30, and her musician-actor husband Evan Ross, 26, (son of Diana Ross) are officially parents to a baby girl!

Simpson gave birth Thursday night and is doing great, reports E! News. The newborn’s name has not yet been revealed.

Related: See What Names We Think Ashlee May Have Picked!

“Their whole family was around to support them,” a source told E!. “[Evan] did not leave her side and wanted to go through this with her every step of the way. He can’t wait to be a dad. He would do anything for Ashlee and now this baby girl.”

(In fact, Ross already demonstrated some doting earlier this month, when he gave his wife a posh push present—a Bohemian-style Chanel bag!)

The couple was married August 2014 and announced they were expecting four months later in December. This is Simpson’s second child, but the couple’s first child together. Their baby girl joins 6-year-old Bronx Mowgli from Simpson’s previous marriage to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.

The couple has not yet announced the news on social media—but we are sure they will expressing their excitement and L.O.V.E. soon!

A big congratulations to the Simpson-Ross family!

Related: Celebrity Baby Birth Announcements

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

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Fighting Words: Donald Trump Called a Breastfeeding Mom ‘Disgusting’

donald trumpFrom the Obama administration to the entire country of Mexico, Donald Trump seems to have plenty of insults to go around. But at least new moms are safe from his verbal Molotov cocktails, right?

Um, not quite. Reports are cropping up that back in 2011, The Donald had some choice words for a breastfeeding mom who asked for a break during a deposition to pump.

The mama, attorney Elizabeth Beck, was repping a group of people who lost money on one of Trump’s real estate developments, and was charged with deposing him. Beck and the blustery billionaire’s attorneys reportedly agreed to a lunch break beforehand, with the understanding that she would use that time to pump in a private room.

The appointed hour came and went, so Beck reminded the group about the break. (Side note: As any nursing mom knows, you can’t wait too long to drain milk-filled boobs. If the leaking doesn’t get you, the pain certainly will.)

According to Beck, her request sent Trump into a toddler-worthy meltdown. “He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” she told CNN on Wednesday.

The Trump camp doesn’t deny that he called her disgusting, but Trump’s attorney, Allen Garten, said it was because she was going to pump in front of the group at the deposition. He told the network that Beck was setting up the machine right there in the room and “started to move the breast pump toward her breast.”

The presidential hopeful has responded to Beck’s allegations in a style that’s true to his “no apologies” platform, taking to Twitter on Wednesday to point out in a trio of tweets that Beck “lost the case,”  ”was easy for me to beat,” and that she “did a terrible job against me.”

Setting aside the name-calling for a second, let’s consider what appears to have happened in that room: A nursing mom asks for a break, doesn’t get one, and as a result, fights for her right to pump. Even if she did set up the machine in front of her colleagues, what’s so disgusting about that? More troubling to me is that not only was Beck’s very basic request apparently ignored, she was made to feel bad for standing up for herself. That’s something no working mom should have to contend with, whether she’s behind a register or in a boardroom.

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Are You At Risk for PPD? Your Blood May Offer Clues

ppdDepression. Mood swings. Sleeplessness. Excessive crying. For the nearly 20 percent of new moms who are dealing with postpartum depression (PPD), those early weeks with baby are anything but idyllic. And it’s not just women who suffer—partners and babies also feel the effects.

To make matters worse, it’s not always so easy to figure out who’s at risk for developing PPD. Sure, there are some indicators, like lower levels of the hormone oxytocin and previous bouts of depression. However, for every woman who satisfies those requirements, there are many others who don’t. For some new mamas, the serious illness seemingly hits without much rhyme or reason.

But as a team of researchers from the U.S. and England have discovered, there are markers, or proteins, in the blood that may signify whether you’re at an increased risk of developing something more than just the “baby blues.” Specifically, those markers are found in the oxytocin receptor gene. Oxytocin helps during childbirth, bonding with baby, regulating moods, and lowering stress levels.

Though it won’t eliminate PPD, finding those markers in a blood test before you give birth can help you prepare for the swell of emotions that hit once baby arrives. “We can greatly improve the outcome of this disorder with the identification of markers, biological or otherwise, that can identify women who may be at risk for its development,” Jessica Connelly, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and senior author of the study, said in a press release. “We know that women who have experienced depression before pregnancy are at higher risk of developing depression in the postpartum period. However, women who have never experienced depression also develop postpartum depression. These markers we identified may help to identify them, in advance.”

The study appears in the current issue of the journal Frontiers in Genetics.

Though promising, these findings aren’t necessarily written in stone—yet. In this study, scientists analyzed samples from a U.K.-based longitudinal study. Researchers say they’ll need to reach a similar conclusion in other population-based samples before confirming. Still, if true, this news would arm women who are at risk of developing PPD with the knowledge they need.

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Adorbs! Taylor Swift Meets Her Baby Godson

If there happened to be any blank space in Taylor Swift’s heart, it was surely filled yesterday, when the Grammy-winning singer and all-around awesome person was finally introduced to BFF Jaime King’s 6-day-old son, Leo Thames Newman.

Between performances on her 1989 World Tour, the singer-songwriter flew to Los Angeles to meet her godson and, of course, the memorable moment was documented on social media.

“Meeting my boy,” Swift captioned the shot of her holding Leo for the first time—with new-mama King smiling sweetly in the background. The image posted on Instagram has already received 1.6 million likes.

Related: Model Mama: Jaime King

Both King and husband Kyle Newman reposted the same image each expressing their happiness. “My loves meet. Baby boy Leo Thames and his God Mother = Bliss. X,” King wrote on her Instagram page.

Soon after, Swift posted another photo of Leo’s teeny tiny fingers holding her manicured sparkly gold nails—she couldn’t get enough of the little one! Using fitting lyrics from her hit song “Never Grow Up” off her 2010 Album Speak Now, the star wrote, “Your little hand’s wrapped around my finger and it’s so quiet in the world tonight…”

Related: 9 Surprising Celebrity Godparents

I think I speak for everyone when I say… Congrats and please keep the adorable pictures coming!

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