A mother has suffered backlash on social media after sharing a sweet picture feeding her baby nephew.
Meg has also written a book, “Boobin’ All Day…Boobin’ All Night. A Gentle Approach To Sleep For Breastfeeding Mothers”.
The image that sparked the controversy? This sweet pic with her nephew.
The caption 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.”
Meg has replied to queries re bottle feeding him first – “Breast was last resort because I basically have no milk left! I’m BF an almost 4 year old once per day. My nephew is 4 months old. I wanted to see if he was hungry before offering comfort boob.”
Responses were very mixed, but it seems the positive far outweighs the negative.
One follower asked – “I do not mean this in a harsh way, I am just curious. Does your sister feels ok with it?
I have no sisters and I don’t know anyone who would do this for me. I am 100% supporter of BF. I just have never thought of anyone else nursing my son. Is awesome the bond you have.”
The Milk Meg replied – “Thanks. And to the others…of course I asked her!!”
One response was – “I’d be more than happy for my sister to feed my baby. I think it’s awesome to have a bond like that.”
Another responded – “My SIL wouldn’t even accept my (pumped because we are 6 hours from each other) milk for her daughter when she struggled to produce, it kind of hurt my feelings.”
Another fan wrote in support – “I instantly wondered what the arrangement was cause she said she tried bottle feeding first and that made me think oh why was breast the last resort if she had permission to breast feed for her sister. Good on you megs! Keep boobin!”
The Milk Meg replied – “Breast was last resort because I basically have no milk left! I’m BF an almost 4 year old once per day. My nephew is 4 months old. I wanted to see if he was hungry before offering comfort boob.”
J wrote – “My Auntie feed me for my mom”
C wrote – “So love this!!!! Auntie of the Year, right there!”
L wrote – “Great job! This used to be the norm. I fed two relatives babies.”
D said – “I wouldn’t care if my sister was baby sitting and nursed my daughter. She is healthy and a non smoker. Milk is milk. People drink cows milk.”
L wrote – “I’m sorry. . Breast feeding is a personal bond between mother and child. Unless it’s an urgent situation , I don’t agree with it.”
J wrote – “I think this is wrong!”
N said – “This is creepy”
W said – “Really don’t think this is right, pretty sure HIV can be passed on through breast milk?”
T wrote – “I’m all for it and I think it’s great!! But personally I don’t think I could do it and I wouldn’t like someone else breastfeeding my child. I always said (while I was breastfeeding) That it my one special thing that I had with my little one that noone can take away from me or do for me. But in saying that I would donate my breast milk if I was in a position too.”
B wrote – “I personally get so anxious/angry inside just even thinking about someone else nursing my baby girl.
I don’t think it’s wrong for others if it’s something they’re comfortable with. I just personally choose to keep my that bond between my baby & myself only.”
Her post has attracted over 3000 likes and 100 shares.
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