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Why this photo of Jamie Oliver's wife Jools is causing outrage

The photo was posted to celebrate Jools' 42nd birthday.

An Instagram photo of Jools Oliver carrying her baby son River has sparked outrage, after the mother was accused of using a harness that’s damaging to young children.
The photo, that was posted by celebrity chef Jamie to celebrate his wife’s 42nd birthday, shows Jools smiling as she supports River in a front harness.
“Happy birthday Mrs Oliver,” he penned alongside the snap, adding, “42 today girl !! Jeeze where did all that time go since we first met, Hope you had a great day babe, love you and of course the dude that is baby River 🚀Oliver. Xxx”
And while many fans were keen to share their best wishes for the star, things took a turn for the worse when some Instagram users started pointing out supposed problems with River’s harness.
“Happy birthday. But please never use that carrier again," wrote one user. “It’s not ergonomic for the child and can cause hip dysplasia. Use a carrier that supports from knee to knee.”

Another lashed out, saying, "Poor baby looks so uncomfortable! With all the money you have, you'd think you'd listen to the advice, not put your baby in danger and buy an ergonomic carrier!"
In their comment, they shared, "Please do your research or ask your physio; narrow-based carriers are not only dangerous but also uncomfortable for baby."
“River doesn’t look particularly cosy in that pic, they should never front face. Also hip dysplasia can be undiagnosed in 15% of babies.”
While one user passionately defended the mum-of-five, saying, "For all the negative people if you look properly baby River is in a harness which is attached to his very capable mummy get a life and stop hating!! Happy birthday Jools! You look amazing!! Xx"