Woman rages at ‘mum-shamers’ after TikTok hate for leaving newborn with gran

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A fuming mum has hit back at trolls who accused her of neglect and sent her baby death wishes for dropping off her five-week-old daughter with her grandparent.

According to the M.E.N.'S Manchester Family, social media famous parent Zoe Wallace has amassed thousands of followers on TikTok, where she likes to upload 'relatable' videos about her life as a busy mother raising two kids.

Most of the comments she had received on her channel had been supportive.

But that all changed after one of her recent videos 'went viral' — receiving more than 7,000,000 views — and saw Zoe receive a horrendous torrent of abuse.

In it, the mum, from Leigh, Wigan, talks about her daughter Parker falling ill with RSV – or respiratory syncytial virus – a viral illness that causes symptoms such as breathing problems and can lead to more severe bronchiolitis and pneumonia in young babies.

She heartrendingly describes how Parker, who is now four months old, had to be moved from A&E to a high dependency unit where she was put on a machine to perform breathing for her.

The brave youngster was diagnosed with a severe chest infection but thankfully began to recover with the help of antibiotics.

Instead of sympathising with her, a vocal group of TikTok users however blasted Zoe for letting Parker have her first sleepover at her grandmother's, who lives just a 10-minute car journey away, the night before she fell ill.

"Jesus, five weeks and you are done with it already?" said one. "Poor child isn't gonna grow up the best."

"This is neglect," said another. "How could you do that to your newborn."

Zoe has since posted a video hitting back at the 'hurtful comments' and told the M.E.N's Manchester Family : "I posted the video originally to share my daughter’s story with RSV.

"I had mentioned that she stayed with my mum the night before falling ill to show how quickly she declined but it wasn’t taken that way. People in the comments have branded me a bad mum because of my decision to allow my mum to have my child over night.

The 25-year-old, who also has a three-year-old son Dominic with partner David Hunt, 38, described some of the worst abuse she received.

"The main hate I received was along the lines of 'how could you leave your baby'? It just shocked me how it’s encouraged as a new mum to accept help from people you trust, because it can be overwhelming, but as soon as you do it’s seen as neglectful."

"I think the video going viral has proven the double standards for mums, there’s a lot of mum shaming and I don’t think it’s fair."

Zoe, who is on maternity leave from her job at McDonald's, said she's been more willing to accept help from her mum with Parker as she was reluctant with Dominic despite suffering from postnatal depression.

"Dave works in a warehouse and does 12-hour shifts so I'm on my own a lot of the time," she said.

Zoe first started posting videos to TikTok when lockdown started last year and has now amassed 36k plus followers and 1.4m likes under her TikTok name ZoeWallaceYT.

She says she won't let the incident put her off posting more content in the future.

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