Australian mum blogger Constance Hall has hit back at her son's school after his primary school teacher "shamed" her for putting chocolate milk in his lunch box.
She spoke about the incident on her Queen Sesh radio show after her five-year-old Arlo told her he had been banned from enjoying the dairy drink during morning tea.
“He said, ‘Oh I wish you didn’t get me the choc milk, the teachers don’t let me have it. They make me have it at lunchtime because they don’t think it’s healthy enough for recess’.
“So I said to the teacher, really? The options are that or juice and because he can’t have any bread or anything substantial I give him the milk to line his tummy a bit because he’s probably hungry.”
The 33-year-old mum says her son was made to feel uncomfortable about his milk for the past few months and had to endure an "awkward" lecture about nutrition from her son's teacher, made to feel like she had sent her son to school with the "worst breakfast ever."
“There are people like me who work full time and have six children that just sort of need things to go smoothly.
“There are other mothers who can’t even afford to do lunch orders and then for them to get shamed about what they’re giving their kid for recess, I just don’t like it."
I don’t like the whole thing. It feels icky to me.
She says parents shouldn't have to suffer the embarrassment of being told how to feed their children.
“When I was at my lowest and I couldn’t even afford to do lunch orders and I had twin babies, newborn babies, I was living on my own, and I couldn’t even get to the supermarket," she says.
“Imagine if someone turned around and said to me, ‘Yeah your son’s not allowed to have choc milk at recess because it’s not healthy enough.’
“I would have burst into tears and gone straight to my psychologist and hyperventilated the whole way there.
“Power to the people! Let them drink milk!”