Hilary Duff is being mum-shamed for piercing her eight-month-old daughter’s ears.

The 31-year-old shared a photo of her little girl, Banks, in her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, critics were quick to noticed that Banks had a visible earring on her right ear — and took to the comments of one of Hilary’s recent posts to slam her for it.

‘She has enough hair for a pony!’ Hilary wrote. ‘Oh and yes we pierced her ears.’

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The judgement soon followed

‘I can’t believe someone who seemed [to have her head] so screwed on pierced her babies ears, causing unnecessary pain that isn’t for medical reasons done by a fully qualified medical professional is child abuse in my eyes, the risks are unreal and that throbbing pain in her ears no matter how happy and looked after your child is just isn’t justified in my eyes,’ wrote one.

‘Just won an unfollow after seeing you pierced her ears, poor baby. Bye!’ said another.

‘I can’t fathom why you would you think it’s okay to have your daughters ears pierced,’ said a third. ‘Causing her a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort.

‘Was she able to ask you to have them pierced? Was she able to agree to have them pierced?

‘Did she sit there with a smile on her face whilst a gun with a needle was placed on her ear? Did she say politely after, thank you? Or did she sit and cry and scream looking to you for comfort and to make it all better? And tell me how did it make you feel sitting there and watching her have pain inflicted on her unnecessarily?’

Another said, ‘Just wondering how she gave you consent to pierce her ears? unfollowing.’

It’s certainly not the first time Hilary has been mum-shamed, we have shared in the past how she copped it for hiring a sleep training. Read more on that here.

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  • I notice Hillary isn’t looking at her baby, just holding her.
    Some people have a high tolerance to pain and it has to be very severe for them to feel any discomfort at all. Others have low tolerance and feel pain that the average person wouldn’t


  • Child abuse… seriously. Calm down.
    If people call this abuse then They would die seeing what real abuse is.
    Kids have had their ears pierced as young as 3 months.
    Also, as a celebrity, I just wouldn’t post anything these days


  • Look at the OUTRAGE. This is not child abuse. It’s her choice. And having had my ears pierced in grade 1, it is a quick zap, not painful. Really? Calling out things like this as child abuse is just detrimental to actual child abuse.


  • Far out. all these ‘perfect parents’ I dont agree with it, but it doesnt make you a child abuser if you do.


  • Shes not the first to do it to a baby that young and she wont be last. I think its easier to have them done at a younger age.


  • If people want to pierce their children’s ears it’s their choice. You don’t have to shame Hillary for doing this, just say it’s not something you would have done to your own child.


  • I’m not sure why people need to comment they are unfollowing. You don’t have to like it but it’s not your child.


  • Far out, people have far too much time on their hands!


  • Honestly. Stop shaming and let her make her decisions without judgement.


  • My daughters have not got their ears pieced and one is 16 her choice, the other is 6 and thinks ear piecing is for girls who have no life. Yes my ears are pieced and were done by my mother with a hot needle, she did all three of us girls at the same time. My brother pieced his own as mum would not do it, it was the late 70’s.
    It is up to the parents if they do this to their child and no it is not child abuse.

    • My mother pierced all her daughters’ ears, too. No needle, though – it was straight in with the earring. Coming from a very traditional, Catholic, Italian culture, babies were baptised as soon as possible. I was baptised at 4 days old. This was done in case babies died early, and parents believed they had to receive the first sacrament in order to cleanse them of Original Sin. She pierced my ears when I two days old. It’s all blather to me. I’m an atheist. As far as Hilary Duff is concerned, she was stupid for posting that particular photo. Had she waited until the baby was smiling, this would have been a non-story. Put your life on public display on social media, and people are going to comment and judge, some very negatively or brutally. That’s a fact of life now. And what was she thinking? That adorable little girl is named “Banks”? Lucky for her she’s not in Australia – just imagine the nicknames…


  • It’s interesting that it would be labelled ‘child abuse’ when plenty of people get their babies/ childrens ears pierced. I personally would get my little ones ears pierced, as I have experienced issues with my piercings. At the end of the day it’s the parents choice not anyone else’s.


  • It would not be my choice but I wouldn’t call it abuse.


  • I believe in children growing up and choosing to pierce or not pierce their ears.

    • Children also need to learn how to care for their piercings and the teenage years would be a better time for getting piercings. In the teenage years children can make a choice and consent to getting their ears pierced.


  • My largest reservation about piercing a baby’s ears is that they may not be even once she grows. My parents made me wait until I was thirteen and it was a barbaric affair that involved a sewing needle and thread hoops to start.
    People these days celebrate their abortions without asking unborn babies about consent so, I think this shaming is absurd and misdirected


  • That’s not child abuse. It happens all the time.

    • Just because it happens all the time doesn’t make it ‘not child abuse’. Something happening all the time doesn’t make it right. Consent, all through life, in all aspects, is incredibly important. No infant can consent.


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