Three Cheers for Salma Hayek!

I knew I liked her!! Okay, so I’ve only seen her in Fools Rush In, but now here’s another reason to like her: When she was in the impoverished African nation of Sierra Leone, she met a woman who was unable to breastfeed her child. Most likely, the woman could not afford formula (or if she could buy it, would only have filthy water to mix it with, possibly making it lethal), so this actress who was still breastfeeding her one-year-old fed the baby. No muss, no fuss — baby’s hungry, so I’m feeding him! The actual quote was, “I had milk, so I breastfed the baby.”

But you know what, the sad thing is that this is considered “weird” or “bizarre” or “abnormal” — what should be the most normal thing in the world — nursing a hungry baby — has some people looking at it like a circus freak show. Ah, well, maybe with all this publicity, more women will see this and decide to breastfeed, breastfeed their babies longer, and/or donate milk to babies who need it.


4 Responses

  1. That is awesome. My sister and I took turns breastfeeding our babies so we could go skiing because neither of them would take a bottle. I tell people about that all the time to get it out there. I might have thought it was a little strange before breastfeeding, but once someone breast feeds, it’s so not a big deal to feed another baby. I think it’s pretty cool.

  2. Way to go! I just hope that she doesn’t get too much scrutiny for it.

    I mentioned breastfeeding each others children to my sister while my she was still breastfeeding for the health benefits to our children of recieving different antibiodies. My sister thought I was insane and felt that it was not sanitary. I was fine with her not wanting to do it, but her thinking that there was a sanitary issue about it saddened me. Maybe more women would breastfeed or donate breast milk if they knew more about it.

  3. I’ve breastfed my sister’s little guy a few times – he was crying, she was gone, I had milk and presto! She came home to a sleeping baby instead of a hysterical one. A no brainer, for us. We tease(d) the kids (we both have three year olds, and then her little guy is 18 months younger) about having Aunt ______’s “mama gah” and they laugh and decline. But the baby sure didn’t mind!

  4. I am so ready to start lactating again and be a travelijng te-te…wouldnt that be a mission!
    To me it is so odd our thoughts and behaviors over breast…lets show them all we want but for goodness sake hide the fact your nursing and its considered sexual abuse to nurse another womans child…where did we get so off track????

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