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Photo of Woman Breastfeeding Her Friend's Son

There's a Good Reason This Photo of a Woman Breastfeeding Her Friend's Son Is Going Viral

If you think the idea of breastfeeding another woman's child is off-putting, Jessica Anne Colletti wants to explain why it's anything but.

Alongside a photo – posted to the pro-breastfeeding Facebook group Mama Bean – in which she is simultaneously nursing her son and her friend's son, she said it was a completely natural process and a gift she was honored to give her friend, who gave her the initial go-ahead.

"My son on the right is 16 months and my friend's son is 18 months," she said. "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."

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The image received a wave of support . . . and dissent.

"That's just wrong," wrote one, while another said it was sickening to watch. Others claimed they understood the need for wet nurses in generations' past but believed it is an unnecessary practice now, especially for a child more than a year old.

In response, Mama Bean Parenting followed up the post with an article explaining the need to normalize breastfeeding in all its forms and allowed Jessica to further explain her unique situation:

"Breastfeeding my friend's son came naturally to me. I started babysitting him when he was five months old, and the first time she dropped him off to me I asked permission to nurse him, since I was already nursing my three-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 nine 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."

And for those who still have a problem with it, one Facebook commenter worded it best: "If she was breastfeeding her friend's husband, I would understand the uproar."

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