I may be a little behind on the times with this post but I just discovered this today. Amazing story about Salma Hayek breast feeding a hungry baby boy. Once cute side fact is that the baby boy was born on the same day as her own daughter, just one year later.
During her trip Hayek learned from local doctors in Sierra Leone that many of the mothers there seem to stop breastfeeding their infants within the first few months after birth. They explained that this is because of pressure from their husbands to stop. The tradition/custom of the area has it, that it is not acceptable to have sexual relations with breast feeding women.
Hayek said her decision to breastfeed another woman’s child was an attempt to diminish the stigma placed on women for breast feeding. At the time she was still breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter. She said she thought her daughter wouldn’t mind sharing her milk. “Am I being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away?” Hayek said. “I actually think my baby would be very proud to share her milk. And when she grows up I’m going to make sure she continues to be a generous, caring person.”
Hayek told McFadden that that the idea of helping a child in this way had a long tradition in her family. She related a story about her great-grandmother many years ago in Mexico saving the starving baby of a stranger by breastfeeding the child.
Everytime I hear this story I just get all teary eyed. Wish I could pump a bottle everyday and ship it to some family. Or better yet some how convince them that there custom is just not healthy. Can’t decide which is easier yet.