24/03/2011 11:35 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Natalie Cassidy Takes Baby Eliza To Work Despite Criticising Working Mums

Nataie Cassidy with baby Eliza Despite having publicly critisised fellow new mum Denise van Outen for going back to work after having baby Betsy, former EastEnder Natalie Cassidy took her own baby to the 'office' yesterday.

Natalie was spotted carrying 4-month-old Eliza into the Loose Women studios ahead of an appearance on the show. Footage was then shown of her holding Eliza in the green room.

Natalie and Denise's war of words began back in the summer, before Natalie had even given birth. Speaking to New! magazine, she blasted Denise for returning to work just two weeks after her baby was born. 'Denise van Outen went back to work after two weeks because she said she needed to feel normal again. I just think, "What have you had a child for? Having a child should be your job".'

Outraged Denise defended herself on Twitter, writing:

'Natalie Cassidy criticised me for going back to work after having Betsy. Natalie's on Lorraine show now promoting her reality pregnancy/new mum show. Isn't that work????'

'She said she did the show for money, so yes, that is work. Pot calling!!!!'

'We put our family picture out press to raise money for Great Ormand street, she did a family shot and put the money in her pocket.'

Natalie joined the Loose Women yesterday to speak about combining work with motherhood and the possibility of a return to EastEnders. She said:

'I've been in and out like a fiddlers elbow. It's just lovely to be a part of the show, but I don't want to go back right now 'cos of the baby. But I'd like to think I could pop back in.'

She also spoke of her very public battle with her weight, claiming she did her infamous diet and fitness DVD for 'wonga' and that she no longer 'cared' about being slim:

'I did what I did. I've been a really big 16, I've been down to an eight, and now I'm a 14, and I'm happy. Becoming a mum, your priorities change. I haven't got time to worry about it any more, as I'm looking after Eliza. I eat what I want when I want and I'm chilled out about it now. I did that for a job - a bit of wonga. Go and get fit, do whatever, but it wasn't for me.'

What do you think about this story?

Is Natalie right in her attitudes towards motherhood and work (and weight-loss!)?

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