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A breastfeeding photo is once again the centre of an internet debate.

People are sharing their opinions about a mum breastfeeding her sister’s baby.

The photo was shared on the popular Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page.

Captioned:  “In some weird chain of events today I ended up breast feeding my sisters son while she was away, because he would not take the bottle his momma pumped him. In return because my son won’t latch and is strictly fed bottles I pump, my sister was able to feed my son her perfectly good pumped milk. Which made for two very happy and content babies. #bonding #familyiseverything #breastmilkforthewin.”

Some Facebook users were not pleased that she nursed her nephew. Others, however, have praised her for stepping up and helping her sister’s baby, stating that nothing is stronger than the bond of family.

Not the first, won’t be the last!

Wet nurses have been around for years. A wet nurse is a lactating woman who breastfeeds a child that’s not her own. It was a common practice in the early 1900s.

Milk Meg earlier this year sparked debate herself when she shared a photo offering her nephew a comfort boob.

Meanwhile another mum received backlash when suddenly became ill and was put on strong medication which left her unable to feed her 11 month-old so she turned to ‘Breastfeeding Yummy Mummies’ Facebook group from her hospital bed asking for volunteer ‘wet nurses’.

This mum below also shared a sweet photo captioned, “”Breastfeeding my son and my nephew! I was visiting my sister and i was feeding my son. My sister was a little busy getting her chores done and baby was fussy, so I decided to help her by feeding him. He latched on so hungry, it was adorable. They both ate so well, and went straight to sleep. My sister was the one who took the pic. She was thankful for the help as the baby is going through a growth spurt he had been eating all day.. she was happy for the little break she had.”

What do you think? Could you feed someone elses baby?

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  • People just need to get over it. If you are willing and able then good for you.

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  • whose business is it really if both pare ts are happy and both babies are fed and happy

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  • I wouldn’t do it but doesn’t really gross me out.

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  • Wet nurses used to be used all the time in ancient times. Nowadays it is more worrisome because of disease. Personally I would not want to BF another child or have someone do mine.

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  • This was common practice up until the wide circulation of plastic baby bottles and formula. It has been the norm for hundreds of thousands of years. Although it might be something you’re not used to, it doesn’t make it weird. Good on these mums for normalising breast feeding and wet nursing.

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  • Hospitals have been known to ask a lactating Mum if she would mind donating breastmilk for a baby whose Mum is sick and can’t feed her premature baby.
    I know one Mum who agreed and did that. She was expressing milk for her own premature baby and was producing more than her own baby needed. The hospital tested samples to make sure it was safe to feed to the other baby who benefited from the antibodies in it.

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  • I wouldn’t think twice if it was someone I knew who needed my help. I don’t see anything really wrong with the idea. It’s true that there are wet nurses available in some areas

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  • I don’t think I could but each to their own.

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  • I couldn’t feed my own child so I guess I can’t relate. It’s not something I would ever have considered.

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  • If i could , I’m too old now, but in a heart beat….when a baby is hingry and you are all there is at that time, i think most mums would….

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  • What a great s to 2 problems. Good on you sweetie. People that complain about this need to take a good look at themselves and get a life!

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  • I don’t see it as an issue, the should be more of it.

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  • This is life people – get on with it. Stop all the backlashing it’s not needed.

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  • Let the child have his lunch in peace! Good on you for posting this even though there are some negative people out there.

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  • At my daughter’s 1st birthday party I was tandem feeding her and my friends 4 month old little girl. It was amazing, the house was packed and no one cared.
    I regularly feed another friends son as well, oh AND I’ve donated breastmilk :)
    Absolutely nothing wrong with any of it :D
    Would people rather a child scream, go hungry and get distressed?!

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