New mum who wears false lashes to feel good shamed for breastfeeding snaps

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The first months after having a baby are some of the most confusing and testing of any woman’s life.

Adjusting to being a mum, coping with recovery and caring for a tiny baby can be hard – and we all deal with it in different ways.

Young mum Demi-Louise Bailey gave birth to her gorgeous little girl nine months ago and says that making herself look good is so far key to feeling good.

But, it doesn’t have to be a full face of slap and fancy clothes every day!

The 24-year-old told the Daily Star: “I don’t wear full faces of make up, I simply wear eyelashes to enhance natural beauty – I don’t wear foundation, eye shadow none of that.

“In all honesty I am simply a mum doing the best by her daughter, it is my daily routine to have a shower, get dressed and do my hair and stick my lashes on.”

But, it’s made all the difference to feeling put together – after all, happy mum, happy baby.

Demi decided to take a trip back to the nail and hair salon after having her daughter in July and finds looking put together helps her feel body confident.

But, it's not always been easy.

Speaking to the Sun, Demi said: “I knew I was destined to be with my electrician fiancé John, 37, as soon as we met in 2018, and I was thrilled to tell people we were expecting a year later.

“But straight away people started telling me my perfectly-manicured nails and fake lashes would have to go in favour of night feeds, smelly PJs, messy mum buns and putting the baby first.

“Harper was born in July after a three-hour labour.”

She added: “When the midwife came to check how we were doing she thought I was a friend rather than Harper’s mum because I was so put together.

“That was one thing, but I wasn't prepared for what happened when I started posting photos of us on social media.”

Demi had posted snaps of herself with little Harper while breastfeeding in order to help normalise the practice.

But, she found that she received some negativity due to the photos being "vulgar."

Demi added: “People were telling me I was spending too much time on myself and not enough time with my daughter.

“They told me I must be scratching her with my ‘talons’ and that it’s irresponsible.”

Demi was upset by the comments, some of which said she wasn’t a “normal mum”.

However, she won’t be made to feel bad and plans on continuing to make herself look and feel good as well as promoting breastfeeding.

And, she certainly doesn’t judge those who don’t do as she does.

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Demi told the Daily Star: “I’ve never claimed to look perfect or be perfect and I support Mums however they wish to look after themselves.

“We need to be supporting each other especially during this pandemic.

“I’ve spent the last eight years campaigning for body positivity and loving the skin you’re in!”

If you want to follow Demi's journey follow her on Instagram, @demilouisebxo.

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