A mother-of-six is fuming after her Facebook account was suspended because she posted a picture of her breastfeeding a stranger's baby.
According to The Sun, Rebecca Wanosik, from Missouri in the US, was asked by a friend if she could feed the infant because the baby’s mother was in surgery and the baby was refusing a bottle.
She wrote: “When the baby arrived you could tell she was hungry and exhausted and just needed some milk. I did what I hope any person would do for my child in a time of despair. I fed a stranger’s baby.”
Her husband Anthony later revealed that Facebook had disabled her account because of the picture.
“My wife did a great thing and Facebook disabled her account,” he wrote.
“Please share this so we can spread the word and show how much Facebook really doesn’t care about the good people are trying to do.”
Some commenters on her page said breastfeeding another’s baby is dangerous as it could pass on infections. One said: “Diseases can be passed through breast milk, as can pharmaceutical medications/recreational drugs. These compounds can be very dangerous or life threatening to babies.”
“We support breastfeeding, but if you can’t nurse, we recommend breast milk from a milk bank, or that you use formula,” child expert Ari Brown, told Parenting.com.
“Even if you have a good friend who wants to donate milk, you can’t guarantee that it’s free of infections, like HIV. Breast milk is a bodily fluid, just like blood.
“Would you be willing to give your baby a blood transfusion without first having it tested?”
But Rebecca defended her actions, later posting: “I was so surprised by just how many people thought it was weird, or unnatural. They are boobs, they are meant to feed babies. Also, in case anyone forgot, they are mine, so I’m fairly certain I choose what happens with them.
“Regardless, I took an amazing photo tandem nursing these two babies together and it shows that hungry babies don’t care, they just need to be fed.”
“I did NOT just pick up a baby on the side of the road that looked hungry. I had permission from the other child’s mother to post the photos.
“The other mother and I have a mutual friend who knew enough about me to KNOW I could safely feed her baby. She wouldn’t have consented otherwise. (Hence it being a ‘strangers baby’).”
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