I have been there.
Starting the day Ben was born. He was taken, cleaned and swaddled then given back to me and he was perfect - Bryce said he had all finger, toes, etc. Well, when things settle and I had a moment alone with my son, who I had just endured 12 hours of labor for....I unwrapped him because I had to see his 10 little fingers and toes for myself!
The nurse came in, scolded me and wrapped him back up!! I was beside myself with shock and anger but didn't say anything. I let her take that moment from me.
Another incident I remember well was being corrected, by a stranger, on how I was holding Ben.
Well, fast forward 5 years and 3 children later and I've gained some confidence.
I try to keep my kids in check, prevent fits (and stares) when it's possible.
And if I were being questioned by someone close to me about my parenting, I would have responded differently.
But by someone who doesn't know the first thing about me or my children.....
Someone who hasn't seen me hold Bowen for hours, nurse him, cuddle with him, make him giggle...no, she doesn't have the right to judge me.
And I will not give her the power of making me feel like a bad mother.
So, to all you other moms out there - new or experienced - they are your children so (once you gather your emotions) SPEAK UP.