Mum of six Rebecca Wanosik posted pictures of herself breastfeeding her child in tandem with a stranger’s baby to Facebook yesterday.
She said that when she got the call asking if she could feed a hungry baby, she didn’t even have to think twice.
“I received a random text from one of my friends asking if I could feed a stranger’s baby. Was there ever a question? The baby’s mother was having surgery and the baby is exclusively breastfed and refused a bottle. 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 strangers baby,” she wrote on her page.
One of the images Rebecca posted to Facebook of her child and a stranger’s child breastfeeding together. Source: Facebook
And she snapped two lovely pictures of the children holding hands.
Rebecca is a breastfeeding advocate and says she posted the image to show how natural and normal breastfeeding is.
There was lots of support but she did cop criticism, with people letting her know they didn’t want to see her breasts on Facebook.
“Cover up!!!! Nobody wants to see your breast. This is Facebook not sexbook,” someone wrote.
”Yes it is beautiful and natural but your breast shouldn’t be hanging out on the Internet,” said another critic.
“Erm, that can be very dangerous. Who knows if the other person has Hep B or HIV,” someone else said.
“I was surprised by just how many people thought it was weird, or unnatural”
Rebecca responded to the critics saying: “I was so surprised by just how many people thought it was weird, or unnatural. They are boobs, they are meant to feed babies.”
In response to those who thought her picture was attention-seeking she said: “To the lady that made the comment about me simply posting the photo for attention, I would like you to realize that MORE media attention was not my goal but since we are here, why not use this time to draw attention to the things that matter.
“Also, in case anyone forgot, they are mine (breasts), 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.”