In an exclusive new interview for HELLO! magazine, Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone calls for all mums to be united as she says: "There is no right way or wrong way when it comes to parenting." Tamara, who is mum to three-year-old Sophia with property developer husband Jay Rutland, has had more than her fair share of criticism for her decision to continue breastfeeding Sophia, as well as for letting her "bubba" share her and Jay's bed.
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At the moment Tamara, 32, still feeds her in the morning, once or twice during the day, and at bedtime. "I never want to battle, to feel I've taken something away from her, so when she decides she is done, it will be the end of that era. You know your child and you have to do what works for you as a family. I ignore the occasional nasty comment as I have so many nice messages from other mums," says Tamara.
"There is no right way or wrong way when it comes to parenting," says Tamara
Tamara, the eldest daughter of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, appreciates her privileged lifestyle may be envied by others, however she says: "No one sees the time when you are up through the night, when Fifi is not feeling well, or when you are having a tricky moment. I feel social media is like everyone's highlight reel. There are definitely some harder times, and I feel all mums should stick together and support each other."
It is that belief which has inspired her latest venture, Fifi & Friends (www.fifiandfriends.co.uk), an online community offering mothers and mums-to-be access to information, and a chance to share ideas, as well as a new range of children's products. Of having more children she says: "I do definitely want to have another child because I think it is so nice to have a sibling. Jay would definitely like more children. I think he'd like a little boy to take to football!"
Jay will have to wait for that wish to come true, but another dream of his is about to be fulfilled. "He has always wanted a Labrador, so this is his dream," says Tamara as she tells how the family's menagerie (a miniature cross cocker spaniel/poodle Teddy, a Pomeranian Anna, Elsa the Shetland pony and a snuffly miniature pig called Pua) will soon be joined by Max the Labrador pup.
Read the full interview in this week's magazine out now.