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Wednesday
Feb112009

Thank You, Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is interviewed on ABC's Nightline in this YouTube video about breastfeeding a baby other than her own in Sierra Leone.

 

 

I used to think that "wet nursing" (now referred to as "cross-nursing") was something medieval.  One of my students a few years ago grew up in Cuba.  I mentioned that I was breastfeeding and he mentioned in the conversation that he was breastfed by another woman because his mom had no milk.  At the time, I was shocked.  Now I see women sharing their pumped milk with other women in need and not just through some kind of institutionalized milk bank.

 

Would you nurse someone else's baby?

Would you be okay with someone else nursing your baby?

 

Hat tip: MomTFH for the link and for the term "cross nursing," which, as she put it, "doesn’t have all the racist and servile baggage that wet nursing does."

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Yes, and yes. Although I do have some... reservations?... to get over, I can picture myself doing it -- especially if a nursling was hungry and I had milk. One of my sisters-in-law tells the story of her mom nursing a niece or nephew. She was babysitting her sister-in-law's children, and the other mother was gone longer than she had intended and the baby was hungry; the mom at home was also nursing, so she just let the baby nurse.

I can see that it is weird; but I can also see that it is cultural and we simply need to get over it. Babies need breastmilk, plain and simple. I think the odds of me nursing someone else's child, or someone else nursing my child are slim; and I have to admit to a slight "mental block" about it; but I don't think that "block" **should** be there.

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I wholeheartedly agree with Kathy. I don't have a problem with it at all but I think I would still feel a *tiny* bit strange about it, particularly if someone else nursed my child, and especially if I witnessed it. But that small part of me would get over it because breastmilk is gold dust and if my baby needed it and I couldn't provide...that wins, hands down, over my own strange hangups.

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNoble Savage

I was *so* excited when I saw that you had a video of that up...I've been looking for it since I saw it on Nightline. Then I clicked on it and it's been removed!! Ugh!

As for the question - yes on both accounts. That doesn't mean that a part of me wouldn't think it's "weird", but I readily acknowledge that is entirely my issue. If this were more common in our society (and wouldn't it be wonderful if it was?) I know none of us would bat an eye at it. Of course, in that world no one would be harassed for NIP.

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpampered_mom
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Thanks for wanting to comment. This is an archive of a blog that once was. Take care! Jill