Kim Kardashian's photo of son Saint kicks off mommy-shaming debate about pacifiers

When you’re Kim Kardashian, criticism is par for the course. The 37-year-old star picks her battles, and she decided to defend herself on Monday when she became the target of mommy-shaming over a photo she posted on Instagram (below) which showed her 2-year-old son, Saint, with what appeared to be a pacifier.

Kardashian originally captioned the shot, “Missing my babies!!!!!,” but updated it to add “P.S. mom shammers [sic] it’s not a pacifier, he’s eating candy!”

The update was in response to critics who scolded her over of the perceived pacifier, leaving comments such as “children shouldn’t be using a pacifier past age 1, it’s recommended that they don’t use one even after 6 months…” 

Though the reality star felt the need to defend herself, fans were quick to shower her with words of support.

“Oh, so what if it was was a pacifier!” read one comment. “Moms and women should support each other and not tear each other down.”

Others felt she shouldn’t have even acknowledged the mommy-shaming.

“It’s a sad day when you have to disclaim that it is indeed candy,” one chimed in.

Things escalated when moms traded judgments about whether or not a pacifier would be damaging to the 2-year-old.

“So what if it was a pacifier!? My boy is almost 4 and still has one and my eldest had one until he was 5 so let nobody say anything if the child is happy!” one mom said. “What’s wrong with a pacifier even at his age … it’s better then his thumb or fingers. Let him be a kid. They already grow up too fast,” another wrote.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Kim Kardashian, Jonathan Cheban and North West go on a ice cream date with a young friend on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Kim Kardashian with her daughter North West and Jonathan Cheban are seen leaving Mercer Hotel after lunch at Mercer Kitchen on June 14, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
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You don’t even understand how many lollipop bribes this pic cost me...but it was so worth. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I’m the luckiest mom in the world to have these three babies in my life!
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I don’t think you really understand how hard it is to take a good family pic. This was all we got before all three kids started crying. I think I cried too
My little princess! I love having these memories. Thank you @stevenkleinstudio for this amazing shoot
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Another mom pointed out, “If a child has a pacifier it’s not the end of the world, as long as the pacifier is removed by the age of 3 no harm is done.”

The main concern is that pacifiers may be harmful to the healthy development of a child’s bite. That rule of thumb is almost accurate, according to experts consulted by Parents, which reports, “Pediatric dentists recommend limiting pacifier time once a child is 2 and eliminating it by age 4 to avoid dental problems.”

Even after Kardashian pointed out that the baby’s blue accessory was actually candy (possibly a Ring Pop lollipop), there were some commenters who decided mommy-shaming was in order for that too. ‘Candy is worse,” one wrote. Another said, “Stop candy pacifier, instant tooth decay!!”

A few others piled on with yet another shaming topic: the fact that 9-month-old Chicago had bare feet.

“Great that you cleared up he’s eating candy. How about some socks on the baby?!” someone commented. “Everyone’s worried about the pacifier (candy) but no one notices the baby has no socks on!” read another comment.

Kardashian has been mommy-shamed for so many topics in the past — including straightening 5-year-old daughter North’s hair, letting North wear makeupdressing North in a bikini, and “incorrectly” putting Saint in a car seat — that she’s taken to pre-emptively shutting down trolls on social media. And with 119 million followers on Instagram alone, it’s not likely to end soon.

See more cute moments from Saint West below:

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@thekidssupply Ryan in our Point Dume dress & AKid slides & North in our Malibu slip dress TheKidsSupply.com
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01:L to R) Saint West, television personality Kim Kardashian West, are seen in Soho on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West with North West and Saint West are spotted in the Upper East Side on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
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