Her decision to stop breastfeeding her three-week-old daughter Betsy caused outrage amongst the breastfeeding police, including supermodel Gisele Bundchen. But TV star Denise Van Outen has hit back at her critics, branding them 'breastfeeding bullies' - despite admitting that perhaps she should have 'persevered'.
Speaking in New! magazine, Miss Van Outen, 36, admits to struggling with mastering breastfeeding, and says she felt self-conscious nursing in public. She is however adamant that it is every mother's right to choose whether to go for breast or bottle.
'I think it is really unfair because not every woman can breastfeed,' she says, 'There is a form of bullying when it comes to breastfeeding and I don't think it is right. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, like I was, it is not good for the baby to have a stressed out mother.'
Betsy is Van Outen's first baby. She is married to Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead.
We covered Denise's decision to stop breastfeeding here.
What do you think?Do the breastfeeding 'police' put mums under pressure?