Andy Cohen Fires Back at Criticism Over Bringing His Newborn Son Benjamin on a Plane

Andy Cohen is shutting down the dad shamers.

The Bravo star joined Howard Stern for a Wednesday interview on Stern’s SiriusXM show, where he recounted some negative comments he received as a result of bringing his son Benjamin Allen on a private flight, days after his birth on Feb. 4.

” ‘You don’t think I checked with three f—king pediatricians before?’ ” Cohen, 50, told Stern about his responses to the judgmental remarks. “And I flew with a baby nurse.”

The photo in question saw the new father take flight with his then-4-day-old baby boy on board a private plane. The newborn rested in a BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Mini against Cohen for the trip, facing his dad’s chest as the latter threw a huge smile at the camera.

The snapshot even inspired fellow celebrity dads to take to the skies with their own little ones in carriers — like Dwyane Wade, who joked he was channeling the Watch What Happens Live host’s “swag” in a Feb. 20 snapshot with 3-month-old daughter Kaavia James.

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Cohen’s baby nurse is teaching him the tricks of the trade about first-time parenthood — and her help comes in extra handy considering his work schedule, which has him filming his show late and not arriving home to N.Y.C.’s West Village until after midnight.

“[My baby nurse is] teaching me everything. Remember, I get home from work at 12:30 … so it kind of works,” Cohen told Stern, 65.

One activity he has given up, at least for the time being? Smoking marijuana, he shared, explaining, “I don’t feel comfortable … It’s not the time for that.”

The proud father also opened up to Stern about his decision to pose with baby Benjamin for a newborn photo shoot that ran exclusively in PEOPLE, noting that he felt it gave him a chance to lead a unique, important conversation.

“[My friends] were like, ‘Look, it’s good for the gays, you’re the top gay … this is an unconventional thing that you did, you had a baby on your own,’ ” Cohen explained.

“And so I actually then was like, ‘You know what? This is a positive opportunity for me to tell my story,’ so that’s why I did it,” he added.

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