Parenting, What's On Our Mind

An Aunty shares a photo breastfeeding her nephew. Would you do it?

Carla McConnell by Carla McConnell
March 23rd, 2016

Would you let a sister or a friend breastfeed your baby?

I (along with the rest of the world) thought Salma Hayek was a bloody legend when she breastfeed a starving baby boy in Sierra Leone…so what is so different about a close friend or sister feeding my hungry baby?

I breastfeed both of my two daughters for a year and I feel really proud of the fact that I lasted that long, mainly because it was such hard work. I am one of those mums that couldn’t express and save up my milk for another day and when I tried to top my kids up with formula they wanted nothing to do with it. No matter how many times I tried. Little divas.

When my first daughter was 4-months-old I cried like a baby at my maternal health nurse’s office because I couldn’t leave my child for more than three hours at a time and I just needed a break. Honestly, if I had a sister who was offering to breastfeed my child at time I would have thrown that baby at her…just so I could have a rest and some time to recharge my batteries. Before I had kids, I’m not sure I would have said the same thing…but nothing prepares you for being a parent but I know now that it takes as big a village as you can find to help you keep your shit together.

Yesterday Meg Nagle copped a mixed bag of emotions from followers after she shared a pic of herself breastfeeding her nephew. The caption on the below image read: “My gorgeous little nephew! While my sister was at work today I tried to give him a bottle of her expressed milk a few times (which he wouldn’t take). I could see he was tired so I popped him on the boob and voila, he was asleep in minutes.”

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Meg is a mum of three boys, a passionate breastfeeding advocate, author, and in my opinion a loving sister and aunty. She tried to give her nephew a bottle and it didn’t work so her maternal instinct was to soothe and love him.

There is no doubt this topic sparks big debate but it’s clear it’s a personal thing.  What we do know for sure is that being a new mum is hard bloody work and if your village is around to help you – then I say why not.

Would you let someone else breastfeed your baby?

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