A police officer in China, has melted the hearts of millions after breastfeeding the four-month-old baby of a suspect stuck in court.

The infant’s mother was attending a trial and could not nurse her crying child. She had given permission to Ms Hao before letting her baby be fed.

The baby’s mother was charged with fraudulent fund-raising, illegally absorbing public deposit and crime concealment with 33 other people, according to the court.

Ms Hao, a mother herself, said the baby had been left under her and her colleagues’ care before its mother went for the trial.

‘The baby wouldn’t stop crying and we were all worried,’ said Ms Hao.

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‘I am a new mother, I could feel how anxious the child’s mother would have been. All I thought about was to try my best and comfort the tiny baby.’

After gaining the permission of the baby’s mother, Ms Hao found a quiet corner in the building and breastfed the baby.

While some people find it disgusting that someone else would breastfeed a child, many people are praising the officer for her caring nature.

Comments include:

– “No problem with breastfeeding but to do this for someone else’s baby just doesn’t sit very well. Just my opinion.”

– “If another women had put my child on her t#t I would have knocked her out, the mother could have quite easily expressed her own milk into a bottle before attending her trial.”

– “Personally I wouldn’t want my baby being fed by someone else, but if I was in the same situation I’d hope someone would care for my little one if I was unable to! The baby was looked after!”

– “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the public figure to be doing this and make it a headline on social media, she’s doing it cos she cares, However, you can’t help someone and make headlines of it. Some things are not meant to be showing off.”

– “Touching moment ??? Are you kidding me?? This is horrendous and terrible. A woman whose medical health I do not know BREAST feeding my baby??? She could give her diseases. So they are wicked to deny a little baby her mother’s breast and this stranger breast feeding her is sickening .”

– “So because the mother is on trial does that mean her rights as a mother have been stripped !!! If so then why bother asking her for consent…. common sense China, breastfed child baby cries due to hunger then allow to feed from mother… not wait … seek mother and ask permission For a police officer to BF feed instead …. what happens if no officer was able to BF… I do also believe blood borne infections can pass through breastmilk….. The feed in reality would not have interrupted the trial …. or a 10 min break would have caused so much disruption.”

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  • Not sure about this one. Obviously both parties were ok with it, but as others have said, it begs the question – if they could find time to ask consent, then couldn’t another arrangement have been entered into. You have to be careful of the health consequences from someone who hasn’t been screened. I don’t know maybe it was an emergency, we really don’t know the full circumstances behind the story.


  • She had the mother’s permission, so no issue. Although I wouldn’t have wanted this for my babies.


  • Really surprised by this story in a number of ways especially given formula is very popular and promoted throughout China


  • It might be a weird concept for us, but in many cultures this is totally normal. She had the mother’s permission so I don’t see what the problem is. People really get freaked out by things that they’re not used to. Obviously if there was a way around it I imagine they would’ve done so, but this must have been the best option given whatever the entire circumstances were.


  • Its fine as long as she had permission. But why wasn’t the baby just fed with a bottle right away?

    • She had the mothers permission. Maybe the woman didn’t want to give her formula. Plus the baby had added comfort of a boob.


  • wow so many negative comments in that article – I don’t understand personally why the mother wouldn’t have been allowed a break to feed, or why she wasn’t prepared with an alternative feeding option (if possible), nor do I understand why the mother wouldn’t have found an alternative care arrangement for the day given that she was on trial? Last I recall it isn’t up to the police department to babysit children on those on trial! – I thing the police office (new mother herself) – was simply doing what was needed for this little one, the fact that people have taken photos of her doing it and then are showing it in the media is also to be questioned – do they have an ulterior motive?


  • I’ve no problem at all with the concept of an anxious hungry little baby being fed by someone else then the mother, with the mothers consent and if the mother isn’t available or able to do so herself. In this case I think the mum should have been allowed to breastfeed her baby during court or give court a little break.


  • In different countries this is allowed and encouraged. Some babies do not take to a bottle and will only take the breast.


  • Good for her, both parties were happy for it to happen so what’s the problem?


  • It’s nice that the police officer was able to help, but I don’t know how I would go in the same situation- on either side of the argument I’d feel a bit uncomfortable.


  • so they found time to ask for the mother’s consent but couldn’t make time for her to breastfeed? ok then…..

    • I also feel this way …surely they could have had a short break in which time the mum could have fed the infant.

      • I agree 100% – it is about the baby and the mum and a mum has a right to feed her baby and a baby has the right to be cared for and fed by the mum. This is an area of this legal system that just maybe needs attention?

      • That I didn’t understand either. The child’s needs had to be considered.


  • An interesting story and if the mother consented that it is all fine.


  • They did what they needed to do for the baby, the should be praised


  • It’s not that long ago in Western society that many (mostly well to do) families would employ a wet nurse to breast feed a new baby. I think it was a human response to a human need.


  • I get that it’s culturally weird in western culture, but in eastern culture not as big a deal. Getting all of the expressing materials may have had more risk of disease – sterilizing etc., if they had the equipment, wouldn’t they get the mother to express? The mother gave permission, they were just looking out for the baby, not for any publicity.


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