Fans jump to Jools Oliver's defense after trolls attack small detail in sweet snap of son River

Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram 

Fans of Jools Oliver have fired back at trolls who criticised the mum of five for her latest Instagram post of youngest son, River.

Showing the three-year-old standing next to a climbing wall at an outdoor playground, the post at first appears innocuous enough.

But trolls were quick to criticise Oliver for one small detail - that her son was sucking his thumb in the pic, which Oliver captioned: "Morning River Rocket Rainbow."

Many fans of Oliver, who shares River along with Poppy, 19, Daisy, 18, Petal, 12, and Buddy, 10 with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, shared their appreciation of the post.

As one said: "The best days!!, being barefoot, running around, imagination doing its work, I love that age."

However, in since-deleted comments, some of Oliver's followers told her he was too old to be sucking his thumb, criticising her for allowing him to continue. 

Fans were having none of it though, sending their own messages of encouragement to her. Including her mother-in-law, Sally.

"Jools, that person who was judgemental about the thumb-sucking is not a real person if you look at their profile, they must just be a troll, just ignore and delete. Anyway, Jamie sucked his thumb for years and it hasn't done him any harm (and he probably still does when stressed)," she reassured her.

"Ignore Jools, people like this are not worth your time and energy. Worthless comments come from sad people with nothing better to do than criticise others. Be proud of your beautiful thumb-sucking boy," agreed another.

"Beautiful and happy...which is all that matters," pointed out a third.