Tyler Baltierra is determined to prove that he still loves Catelynn Lowell, and he's not doing a bad job of it.
On Sunday's Teen Mom OG, Catelynn opened up about her desire to stop breastfeeding baby Vaeda.
Mom-shamers swarmed over her on social media, but Tyler is firmly defending her choice.
"It’s hard," Catelynn confessed on Teen Mom OG.
"People always post the wonderful things about breast-feeding, which is wonderful …" she acknowledged.
Breastfeeding provides a baby with vital nutrients, immune support, gut flora, and can be an important bonding process for mother and child.
"But," Catelynn observed. "They don’t mention that you have your kid stuck to you for 24 hours."
Yep. A lot of conversations skip that part.
Catelynn then pours over a list of gripes about the harsh realities of breastfeeding.
"Or you’re afraid they’re not getting enough," she suggested.
"Or," she added. "They want to eat 60 times a day."
That's just a little over twice an hour.
Catelynn also warned: "or about the bleeding nipples."
Catelynn also laid out the logistical problems of being your baby's sole food source.
"[With] nursing, it’s hard for me to even schedule my own therapy," Catelynn admitted in the clip.
She explained that this was true "because it’s an hour and a half there."
"I could take her with me," Catelynn admitted. "And nurse when I’m there."
That's not an ideal therapy appointment.
Catelynn was openly worried that deciding to quit breasteeding Vaeda would be viewed as "selfish" by Teen Mom OG fans.
Okay, let's be real -- by mom-shamers.
Catelynn even pointed out that Vaeda had already gotten all of the "antibodies and proteins" that she needed.
But still, it was good to hear Tyler support her decision.
"You’re a great mom," Tyler affirmed. "You’re going to do whatever is best for you and the baby, period."
However, mom-shamers on social media lashed out with cruel messages about Catelynn's choice.
"It's not difficult, it's easy," claimed one mom-shamer. "Not bottles, just you and baby to breast. And it's healthier, no doubt."
"I breastfed all four of my kids and never once looked for applause, recognition, or admiration," boasted another. "Does everything these dolts do require applause? "
Another shamer accused: "with your public platform, and knowing that there are significant benefits to breast feeding, I think this is irresponsible."
People are so judgmental about the most harmless stuff sometimes.
Tyler clapped back, continuing to support his wife with a post on Twitter.
"Vaeda is the happiest, healthiest little baby I have ever seen!" Tyler announced.
"So, a little advice to all of you 'Pinterest Perfect Parents'," he continued.
Tyler wrote: "If that baby didn’t develop in your uterus, you don’t have a right to say what’s best for that baby. PERIOD."
He concluded his powerfully defensive tweet with a pair of hashtags: "#FedisBest #MomsKnowBest"
Note that "Fed Is Best" is not about the Fed, but about the idea that feeding a baby is more important than feeding that baby breastmilk, specifically.
Some babies have gone malnourished because a parent struggled to nurse them and were convinced that formula was poison. That must never happen again.