Hilary Duff needs no introduction at this point. The iconic Lizzie McGuire star is still reaping success on the beloved TV series Younger and is clearly living her best life. She recently got engaged to her long-term boyfriend and had what I'm pretty sure is the cutest baby that's ever lived.

Her success as both an actress and a mother, however, still hasn't deterred trolls from nitpicking her every move (especially where her kids are involved). This week, Duff revealed on social media that she'd had her infant's ears pierced, and it caused an altogether unnecessary uproar.

Behold, Duff's new baby girl. 

First of all, *SQUEAL.* She's so cute. But anywho.

Duff and her fiancé, Matthew Koma, welcomed Banks Violet (I KNOW) on October 25, 2018. She is the first child they share, but Duff also has a 7-year-old son, Luca, from a previous marriage. 

"This little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic,” Duff wrote when she announced the baby's arrival on Instagram.

On her Instagram Story, Duff showed the world Banks' rapidly growing hair — and noted another new change in her appearance.

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photo: Instagram/hilaryduff

"She has enough hair for a pony!" Duff exclaimed in this Story update. "Oh and yes we pierced her ears."

As I'm sure Duff had already expected, this is the point at which the internet exploded with unwarranted parenting advice and mom-shaming commentary.

And thus began the tornado of mom-shaming from Duff's Instagram followers.

"I can't believe someone who seemed so screwed on pierced her babies ears, causing unnecessary pain that isn't for medical reasons done by a fully qualified medical professional is child abuse in my eyes, the risks are unreal and that throbbing pain in her ears no matter how happy and looked after your child is just isn't justified in my eyes," a commenter wrote of this photo.

That comment was followed up by dozens upon dozens of similar sentiments such as this one: "Just won an unfollow after seeing you pierced her ears, poor baby. Bye!"

"I can’t fathom why you would think it’s okay to have your daughters ears pierced," one commenter chimed in.

"Causing her a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort. Was she able to ask you to have them pierced? Was she able to agree to have them pierced? Did she sit there with a smile on her face whilst a gun with a needle was placed on her ear? Did she say politely after, thank you’? Or did she sit and cry and scream looking to you for comfort and to make it all better? And tell me how did it make you feel sitting there and watching her have pain inflicted on her unnecessarily?" they asked.

Another person wrote, "Just wondering how she gave you consent to pierce her ears? unfollowing." 

To combat the mom-shamers, plenty of women chimed in to share their childhood ear-piercing experiences, which all went just fine.

"Got my bubs ears pierced at 3mths old, she didn’t even wake from her sleep, not one single problem with them. She’s now older & has never had an issue. She can always take them out if she hates them. You all crazy giving someone crap over what they do to 'their' child," one commenter wrote in support of Duff.

Another shared: "Abuse...really? Y’all are so perfect..I bet you don’t vaccinate your kids either!!!!! My daughter had hers done at 5 months old and it didn’t even phase her!!!! Hilary, you and your daughter are beautiful!"

Medically speaking, it's totally fine (and extremely common) for babies to have their ears pierced at that young an age.

In fact, doctors maintain that two months after birth is the ideal time to get a baby's ears pierced because their bodies can't localize pain yet and don't feel irritation for much longer than two days, possibly less.

Duff's baby is almost eight months old — and by the looks of the clean, basic earrings that Banks is sporting, it looks like Duff took the proper precautions by going to a professional piercing parlor that uses needles rather than piercing guns. She's smart and can afford high-quality jewelry; Banks' risk of infection is probably zero.

Ear-piercing controversy aside, it's time for mom-shaming online to take a backseat for the rest of eternity.

photo: The Walt Disney Company

Not only is it no one's business how other people decide to raise their kids (social media only makes it seem that way), but let's not dismiss that mom-shaming is sexism at its core. Don't buy it? You ever heard anyone use the term "dad-shaming"? LOL, no.

Mom-shaming exists because, societally speaking, we still don't trust women to make the "right" choices for themselves, nor for their children. Men aren't held equally accountable for the ways their kids are treated because women are expected to be perfect housekeepers who not only serve as the primary caregivers for the kids but also keep the home in check. All total baloney.

You do you, Hilary. Banks can take out her earrings when she's older if she doesn't like them (she probably won't).