By Andrea Magrath For Daily Mail Australia 00:47 31 Jul 2015, updated 17:06 31 Jul 2015
- British mother Gemma Colley posted picture on mothers' Facebook group
- She revealed she breastfed her son a few hours after getting a spray tan
- The picture has been 'liked' over 100,000 times in nine hours
- Ms Colley herself dubbed the incident an 'epic fail of fails'
A mother's hilarious 'epic parenting fail' moment has gone viral.
Gemma Colley, from the UK, shared a picture on Facebook of her baby son sporting a fake tanned face after accidentally breastfeeding him too soon after having a spray tan.
'From one mum to another, I'd like to let you know about my epic fail of fails,' Ms Colley wrote alongside her post on The Unmumsy Mum blog page.
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'My epic fail of fails': A British mother has shared a picture of her baby boy, who accidentally received a fake tan 'five o'clock shadow' after she breastfed him too soon after having a spray tan
'Yesterday I had a spray tan, a few hours later I breastfed my little boy. Cue 5 o'clock shadow and a very guilty mummy.'
The post has received over 100,000 'likes' and has been shared more than 23,000 times since Ms Colley posted the picture just nine hours ago.
The baby boy's nose, cheeks and chin are covered in the orange-brown tan which rubbed off on him during the skin to skin contact during feeding.
'Misadventures of being a parent': After an overwhelming response on Facebook, Ms Colley shared a more recent snap of her sweet son, sans facial tan
The incident appears to have happened recently, as after her post received an overwhelming
response on Facebook, Ms Colley followed up with a newer picture of her son, sans facial tan.
'Photo evidence that tonight's feed was much less orange,' she wrote.
'Thanks for all the positive comments. I'm just another mummy trying to shed light on the adventures and misadventures of being a parent.'
Dominique Lavac, owner of spray tanning business Bondi Tans. says that breastfeeding mothers do not need to sacrifice their tan upkeep, but can take certain steps to prevent sharing their new golden glow with their infant.
Express milk, first and use a barrier cream on nipples: Spray tanning expert Dominique Lavac shares her tips for breastfeeding mothers who want to tan
Preventative measures: 'Use 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,' Ms Lavac added
'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,' Ms Lavac told Daily Mail Australia.
'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.
'I would recommend doing this until the tan has completely developed - eight hours - and the client has had another shower.'