I have to admit, I didn’t know who she was, but a beautiful celebrity bringing breastfeeding into the spotlight can’t be all bad. All PR is good PR as they say.
So, I think she did a kind thing – in fact, as far as I’m concerned, surely it’s an instinctive thing? I mean, if you have milk and a hungry baby and the mother’s permission, I’m sure any lactating women would ache to feed that baby.
It’s the story behind the story that fascinates me. I would love to know the mother’s story. Why did she have no milk? Was she ill? Had she had a terrible shock? Not even near starvation causes a woman’s milk to dry up completely, as far as I’m aware – it makes sense, just as the growing child in utero will almost always take precedence over the mother’s well-being, so the body will lactate almost despite everything – an evolutionary no-brainer to protect the next generation.
And whilst I admire our Hollywood star’s altruistic instincts, what follows the departure of the camera crew et al? Will this baby’s inevitable end have only been delayed? Perhaps the plan is to begin feeding this child with artificial milk, with all the attendant risks of contamination, unsafe water supply, dirty bottles and teats and the not inconsiderable financial cost to the mother. (In many developing countries, formula fed babies often fail to thrive because a tin of powdered milk can cost the equivalent of a week’s wages, so the milk is watered down to dangerous levels by the impoverished parents).
Maybe they would look for someone more able to wetnurse the child on a permanent basis? If the mother really is unable to nurse, this would be the simplest, cheapest and healthiest option.
Yet again the media fail to look beyond the celebrity headline to the really pressing issues beneath. How I yearn for intelligent journalism! So if you’re a journo who happens to be reading this, go on, make my day and ask some of the questions posed above.
Anyway here’s the film: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1141584/Salma-Hayek-breastfeeds-strangers-baby-Africa-mother-runs-milk.html
Anna Richardson says
Hi Maddie, I just looked at the article on Salma Hayek wetnursing the African baby. I hope it was done altruistically, not for any ‘show’, but I guess even that extra feed provided that baby with an extra dose of all the goodness breastfeeding provides, so how can it really be wrong? However, when I tried to watch the video, I was very disappointed to see it had been removed by YouTube for “violating codes” or something. I imagine this is due to the fact it is probably frowned upon, being as breastfeeding is (apparently) so ‘inappropriate’, ‘disgusting’, etc, although there are no doubt many many videos verging on the pornographic of women’s breasts or private parts? (I am not someone who follows YouTube, but I have seen snippets, so correct me if I’m wrong?)
Here we have another example of the media’s disgust & negativity about the natural act of nurturing a baby. AAAAGGGGGHHHHHHH, STUPID PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!