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Nicole "Snooki' Polizzi recently shared a photo of herself bottle feeding her newborn son, Angelo, while having a glass of red wine. As Snooki pointed out in her caption, she's a mom of three now, so we'd say she totally deserves a drink if she wants, and most commenters seem to agree—but not everyone sees it that way.



"You not suppose to drink alcohol if you breastfeeding your baby," one Instagram user writes in regards to the photo, which Snooki captions "What's mom life like with 2 kids and a newborn?" THIS."

Ugh. We'd love to say we're surprised, but honestly, it seems like moms can't do anything without falling victim to the shamers. The good news? Snooki manages to stand up for herself...and all the exhausted, overwhelmed mamas out there who just want a glass of wine at the end of the day. "You're not a mom. I allow myself to have a few glasses once a week to stay sane with 3 kids. I do what's necessary to clean my milk for my baby. Let a mawma live and keep being 17," she writes.

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Fortunately, most commenters are voicing support for the mama of three. "Came to see all the judgy moms stupid comments! Mama of 4 boys and I'm currently drinking out of my sons paw patrol cup!" one follower shares. "It's so annoying when people want to comment and don't have kids like please have kids and then your allowed to comment," another adds.

Snooki has a few celeb mamas in her corner as well. Jessie James Decker writes "I'm feelin this one." Same, girl. Same.

While she's getting some backlash, Snooki isn't doing anything wrong here. Research shows that it's okay to have the occasional drink while breastfeeding. Let's not forget that Snooki isn't even nursing in the photo, she's bottle feeding—no one should assume a mom is breastfeeding just because she has a new baby.

Ultimately, when it comes to how you feed your baby and whether you're comfortable having a glass of wine while doing so, you're calling the shots, mama. And no social media user has a right to comment.

You've got this, Snooki.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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