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A mom in Australia went viral after she shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her nephew while her sister was at work.
After failing to feed the little guy with his mom’s expressed milk, Meg Nagle opted to breastfeed the infant herself. And within minutes, the little boy fell fast asleep.
Nagle, an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), took to her Facebook page to share the moment, which her sister thought was “great.”
“As a working mother, she worries about her baby when she is at work and just wants him to be happy. I had asked her beforehand if she’d want me to breastfeed him if he was unsettled and would not take the bottle and she said yes, so I did!” the author of Boobin’ All Day… Boobin’ All Night told LittleThings.
Meg Nagle openly discusses everything that relates to breastfeeding on her blog, The Milk Meg. Whether it’s posts about ways to pump more milk or getting through the holidays with a breastfeeding infant, there’s information breastfeeding mamas have probably had thoughts about.
“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 voilà, he was asleep in minutes,” she wrote as the caption.
The post received an overwhelming amount of support from moms everywhere, some of whom spoke about their own experiences with wet nursing.
Many women rose to her defense and stood by her decision with supportive comments. But, as expected, some weren’t too thrilled with the idea of a woman breastfeeding another mom’s baby, although Nagle wrote on Facebook that she removes comments that are “not supportive.”
Nagle encourages moms everywhere to get more informed about wet nursing.
“Many people are not aware of how common this is around the world and how common it was throughout history. This is part of the reason as to why I feel it’s important to talk about. Some people worry about safety,” she told LittleThings. “It is very important that women make informed decisions around milk sharing and wet nursing. Eats On Feets and Human Milk 4 Human Babies has some great resources and information for women to see the risks and benefits of this. There are very clear guidelines available on what can pass through breast milk so women can make informed choices on how to go about feeding their babies.”