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Would You Breastfeed a Sick Baby Like Salma Hayek Did?

While on a UNICEF mission in Africa to raise awareness for tetanus in partnership with Pampers, actress and producer Salma Hayek showed a mother's compassion to an ailing one-week-old baby. The humanitarian nursed the hungry baby. Would you do the same?

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Sharon-Mc Sharon-Mc 8 years
My answer is- yes! Yes, yes. I would breast feed a needy child, any child in need. It's about and for the baby, it is not about me, it is about the baby. How could anyone say no? I cried watching the clip, proud of Salma's choice to give of herself and to make this public statement in support of nursing and seeing it as the healing, nurturing gift it is. It is a conscious decision. I took exception to the answer as written, "Yes, it's maternal extinct". It is a conscious decision, a selfless act that also has wonderful, emotional benefits for the giver. Knowing only we, as women, can do this. The phrase "mother's milk" has come to mean that something is the best of the best, most natural thing there is, and what the person or situation needs and wants most.
redheadkimie redheadkimie 8 years
I just watched the video and it brought me to tears....sniff sniff. what a completely moving story!
Ericka Ericka 8 years
I saw the piece on TV and it was so moving! She mentioned how she believed her daughter wouldn't mind sharing her milk and that she hoped to teach her daughter a giving heart when she grew up.
sofi sofi 8 years
A starving baby is in front of me in desperate need of a meal? Of course, I would feed the baby. I do understand and feel this is an intimate bond between a mother and child, but my heart would ache if I just stood by and didn't offer food to this sick babe.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
of course i would feed a child that might die of starvation something that no child should die from (even if that child was going to die atleast it went to heaven not hungry) so you are damn right i would do it.
HipMom HipMom 8 years
I'm not comfortable with the idea of putting another baby on my breast, but I would definitely share my breast milk (using a breast pump) if needed/asked to do so.
missyd missyd 8 years
oh, ok. I can see the functionality in that for sure then, if need be
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The swap thing is not new, or what "moms are doing now." It's been around as long as wet nursing. It's essentially a friend and I both nursing each others' babies as needed. Not something I've done, but not outside my realm of possibilities either.
missyd missyd 8 years
hmmm momma tikita whats the 'swap' thing?
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 8 years
I admit I didn't read the entire story, so I apologize if I don't have all the information, but she picks up a sick one week old baby and nurses it. Then what happens? One serving of breast milk isn't going to save that baby. I think there are probably other things that could have been done. Clearly she is just making a statement, it isn't solving the problem.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I wouldn't do the "swap" thing some mothers are doing now. But if it were for a hungry baby absolutely.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Yes, it's my natural instinct to fee an hungry baby. If it's okay with the mom, fine. The question is whether or not my toddler (who I'm still nursing) would allow it. : )
malunna malunna 8 years
My baby was breastfeeding when he born because i had no much milk, and for that i wold be very thankfull to this woman, i prefer other mom milk than formula...moms milk is made for babys naturally, so i had no problem with it...absolutley agree...
GirlC GirlC 8 years
Ditto Greggie - with permission.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
I would only breastfeed another mothers child if the baby were very sick and couldn't get formula. Though, I wouldn't go around showing other mothers how to breastfeed by putting their child on my breast.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I agree with what someone else said in the orginal post on this. I wasn't breastfed, haven't had a baby yet, and am not sure if I will breastfeed when I do -- I know it's the most natural way to feed a baby, but I'm just not sure if it's for me. But I find what Salma did to be an amazingly selfless thing. It warms my heart!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I do agree that pumping would be my first choice, however if a child was in immediate need, it'd take me too long to clean and sterilize my pump and then get the milk. Then clean and sterilize a bottle, assuming I could even find one now... *lol*
luckyme luckyme 8 years
redheadkimie, I do agree with you. It is an intimate thing between a mother and child, but I would do it in a situation such as this. The earthquake situation in China comes to mind...if the children were going to die or be otherwise affected by severe starvation, I would definitely do it.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Without a second thought.
redheadkimie redheadkimie 8 years
I voted other. I'm not sure if I would do it or not. I think it would have to be a choice I would make when I was put in the situation. I wouldn't mind pumping and giving my milk but I'm just not sure I'm comfortable with bring another persons child to my breast. It seems like such a intimate thing between you and you child.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
it is such a string instinct that i have, agreed i would do it for anyone that needed/wanted my help. my neighbor recently had a baby and was confiding in me about how hard the nursing was for her this time around and also saying it took a long time for her milk to come in and she feared she would not be able to nurse and that her baby was hungry all the took everything out of me not to offer my milk! i knew that was not what she wanted (she was just talking with me about it) but the instinct to help the baby was there. my first reaction was to want to nurse the baby so i could help...must just be built in once you have nursed your own.
jessyz jessyz 8 years
Yes, I also agree with Greggie I'd breastfeed any hungry baby as long as their parent didn't mind.
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