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Mommy Shamers Attack Gabrielle Union For Kissing Her Baby’s Lips, But Her Response Is Perfection

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Beware, mommy shamers: Gabrielle Union is not the mom to mess with.

The 46-year-old mom just welcomed her first baby, Kaavia, one month ago, and already the mommy shamers have come for her multiple times.

Most recently, they were up in arms over a video that Gabrielle posted of herself kissing Kaavia on the lips.

“She’s gorgeous, but no kissing babies on the mouth,” one user commented.

“Stop kissing the baby in the lips, it’s not sanitized,” another wrote.

While many others chimed in with the same anti-kissing warnings, some fans were more worried about Kaavia’s breathing.

“Am I the only one to notice how hard baby girl is breathing?” one fan asked.

All the concerned comments prompted Gabrielle to take a stand.

She made it beyond clear that Kaavia’s health is just fine, thankyouverymuch, and she’s not here for the shaming and trolling.

“We all figure out what works for us, our children, and our families,” the actress wrote in a follow-up post. “The goal is for us all to have happy healthy families and that journey looks different for every family. Let’s embrace that. Let’s get comfortable with that.”

“Breathe and enjoy,” she continued. “There will be no mommy shaming on this page.”

One month ago, actress Gabrielle Union welcomed her first baby, Kaavia James Union Wade, with her husband, Dwyane Wade.

Kaavia arrived via surrogate after Gabrielle struggled with infertility for years. The 45-year-old has endometriosis, and she suffered so many miscarriages that she lost track of the number.

Naturally, she’s cherishing Kaavia with every ounce of love she’s got — and she’d never do anything to put her baby in harm’s way.

Unfortunately, the mommy shamers out there don’t seem to know that.

Gabrielle recently posted a video of herself kissing her precious cutie on the lips a few times.

Her comments soon filled with concerned folks who warned Gab that she’s doing motherhood wrong already.

Many people advised her not to kiss Kaav on the lips, because germs.

Others were equally concerned over Kaav’s breathing, which some thought looked “labored” in the video.

As a new mom in the spotlight, Gabrielle is sure to receive MANY of these critical comments for a long time to come. But so far, she’s handling it gracefully.

She posted a follow-up comment to her own Instagram post to clarify for the mom shamers.

“Hey guys I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing, I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work,” Gabrielle explained.

“Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her. No visits with sick folk and even all of Oprah’s crew got whooping cough vaccinations and current on all vaccinations to be in our home,” she continued.

“If you think I waited this long and went thru all this to put my baby in harm’s way… you got another thing coming.”

Even though Gab shouldn’t have to explain, her comeback was entirely justified. It struck a chord with many other moms.

“Kiss all over that baby! She is YOURS!” fellow celebrity mom Eniko Hart chimed in.

“KISS ur adorable daughter all you want! She’s beautiful just like her Mommy! God bless ya’ll!” another commenter wrote.

Gabrielle later posted another follow-up just to make it really super clear that she doesn’t need strangers’ input on her parenting.

“Here’s a guide for happily enjoying my posts of our family,” she wrote. “Trust that she is surrounded by medical and child care specialists. Know that she is safe and watched closely at all times. Trust that I won’t post anything that puts my child in danger or opens me up to unsolicited online medical or parenting opinions. @kaaviajames is loved. She will be kissed. She will be loved on by the people that love her. She will be safe.”

“There will be no mommy shaming on this page,” she continued. “I rebuke mommy shaming. For those STILLLL clinging onto your fears about Kaav’s breathing and or whether my sweet kisses harmed my kid… feel free to swipe.”

Amen to that!