Breastfeeding Your Friend's Child... Would You?

11 August 2015

Milk siblings

Ok, brace yourselves. Here comes another breastfeeding drama.

To mark National Breastfeeding Week in the USA, one blogging mum shared the picture above on her Facebook page, Mama Bean Unconditional Attachment, along with this caption:

"My son on the right is 16 months and my friend's son is 18 months. I watch her son while she works and have been feeding them both for a year! So much love between these milk siblings, it's a special bond between us all."

Milk siblings? Predictably, the internet lost its mind and this picture became the source of much hysteria.

The Daily Mail reports:

A woman has sparked a controversy after posting a picture on social media showing her breastfeeding a friend's toddler son - but the boy's mother says she has nothing but gratitude for the wet-nurse.

Jessica Anne Colletti, from Pennsylvania, shared the photo - which shows her feeding both her own 16-month-old son, Lucian, and her friend Charlie Interrante's 18-month-old son, Mateo - on a pro-breastfeeding page.

The picture of Mrs Colletti, 26, and the two boys, who she dubs 'milk siblings', has divided users on Facebook.

The original blogger then responded to the fuss by writing this?

Jessica, the mom in the picture, told me: "Breastfeeding my friend's son came naturally to me.  I started babysitting him when he was 5 months old and the first time she dropped him off to me I asked permission to nurse him, since I was already nursing my 3 month old.  She responded with an enthusiastic yes, because he was having issues with the formula his previous sitter had been giving him.  My friend struggled with breastfeeding in the beginning and succeeded for 9 months.  She was always very happy that her son had the nutrition and comfort he needed while she was working.  Being able to breastfeed her little boy has created a special bond between us all, a bond I will always cherish."

Now we know that you're as tired of breastfeeding drama as we are. We know most right-thinking mums do their best for their babies when it comes to methods of feeding, and that most of us just want to be left alone to do what we've decided to do without fuss or frenzy from strangers or the media.

So let's cut through all the drama and have an honest, enlightening conversation, rather than a mud-slinging debate. If you struggled to breastfeed, would you have welcomed the opportunity to try a wet-nurse? And if feeding went well for you, was sharing your milk, either like this or by donating to a milk bank something you considered?

We'd love to hear your thoughts over on our Facebook page. Just, please, let's not criticize other parents for doing what they believe is the right thing for their child.

Image credit: Facebook/Mama Bean

TOPICS:   Parents

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