Tan France and Rob France with their son. (Instagram/@TanFrance)
Tan France says he has been hit with “venom” and made to feel “guilty” for feeding his newborn baby with formula instead of breast milk.
In an Instagram video to mark National Breastfeeding Month in August, France, 39, spoke about the pressures new parents face when it comes to feeding.
He explained that while he believes breast milk is the “gold standard”, it is put on a “social pedestal” which can make parents feel “guilty” about the way they feed their child.
Since then, the Queer Eye presenter, who welcomed son Ismail with husband Rob on 10 July, has been inundated with abusive messages.
“Almost every one [of my direct messages] was filled with such venom,” France told the We Are Family podcast.
“Obviously I’m in a very interesting position where when we say that we’re having a baby, a lot of people have an opinion on how we’re having a baby, and how we will feed our baby.”
He added strangers had asked him whether he would be feeding his baby with breast milk, which made him uncomfortable.
“I want to make it clear to everyone listening: I 100 per cent believe that breast milk is the gold standard, so does Bobbie. We all understand that. If I could breastfeed my child, 100 per cent I would,” he said.