Of course, not everyone is laughing (or commiserating) with Colley. She received some criticism, as naturally, many worried whether the baby ingested the fake tanner. For the record, Colley says her son is A-OK, and that she wiped the tanner from his face with sensitive baby wipes immediately after. ("I'm happy to report he's got a lovely happy smiley non orange face," she tells Bustle.)
The young mom adds that there were also a few rogue commenters who implied the incident was done on purpose, "as though I intentionally tried to feed my son fake tan," says Colley. She adds that that ridiculous assumption couldn't be further from the truth, and that it was "more of a case of a mummy going about her daily routing and totally forgetting she looked like an Oompa Loompa. It only clicked when I had a little desperate Dan laid in my arms."
A day later, Colley headed back to the Unmumsy Facebook page to quiet the haters. She posted this sweet photo of her sleeping son, tan-free — and yep, he looks just fine to me:
While the whole thing was pretty hilarious, Colley says she definitely won't be making that mistake again, and hopefully her own parenting fail will prevent others from making the same one, too. Still, that's not to say breastfeeding moms should lay off the spray tanning entirely, though. According to Dominique Lavac, who owns the spray tanning business, Bondi Tans, moms can avoid the whole baby beard thing with a few simple tips. As she told the Daily Mail:
I suggest that mothers express enough milk to last for the time the spray tan has to set, and if possible even for a few feeds after that. I would recommend a two-hour tan so it won't make much of an impact to feeding time. I always put a barrier cream on the nipples, to prevent the DHA and tan from getting on there at all and some clients like to use Band-aids (plasters) as well. After the client has washed off the tan after two hours, I would still recommend putting a dry face washer where the bubs cheek is going to lie on the breast, just to double ensure the DHA in the tan doesn't transfer onto the bub's skin.
Well there you have it, folks. How not to turn your kid into a bearded man while breastfeeding — and still get your tan on. Add that to the list of things you never thought you'd need to know.