Breast friends: Photo of babysitter mum who breastfeeds her son and his pal goes viral
A photograph of a mum breastfeeding her son and his friend has gone viral online attracting attention from parents and commentators around the world.
Jessica Anne Colletti from Pennsylvania, USA, posted a photograph in which she is breastfeeding her son and also a child she babysits.
Mum Jessica, her husband and her son live with her friend and her child and she babysits both children each day in the family home.
"Breastfeeding my friend's son came naturally to me. I started babysitting him when he was 5 months old and the first time she dropped him off to me I asked permission to nurse him, since I was already nursing my 3 month old,” Jessica told parenting website Mama Bean.
“She responded with an enthusiastic ‘Yes’ because he was having issues with the formula his previous sitter had been giving him.
' “My friend struggled with breastfeeding in the beginning and succeeded for 9 months. She was always very happy that her son had the nutrition and comfort he needed while she was working. Being able to breastfeed her little boy has created a special bond between us all, a bond I will always cherish."
The post attracted both positive and negative responses from mothers, some who claimed they would be uncomfortable with the idea of another woman breastfeeding her baby.
However Jessica responded to critics and said: “It’s normal for healthy women to nurse each other;s babies when the mother cannot be present.”