Yesha Callahan

This Mother Actually Posted A Facebook Photo Of Herself Breastfeeding Her Friend’s Son

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The things people do and share with the world via social media are getting more and more extreme by the hour, but this bizarre out of Pennsylvania is definitely at the top of the list of crazy stories for 2015.

Jessica Anne Colletti, who is a 26-old-mother of a 1-year-old son, is causing quite the stir on the internet after she posted this photo on social media in honor of “World Breastfeeding Day” (who even knew that was a thing??)

In the photo, Jessica is seen breastfeeding not only her son, but also the 1-year-old son of her friend whom she babysits regularly while the friend is at work. She even boasted about the “bond” that is supposedly being formed between the two babies because of her community nursing skills.

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Many on social media found the photo and the story behind it bizarre and even disturbing, to say the least. Among the reasons for why women said they weren’t in favor of the practice known as “cross-nursing” were fear of one or both children contracting a disease and the belief that nursing is a sacred bond meant to be shared only between a mother and their own child. Also coming up in the many conversations was the common topic of over sharing, with some women questioning why Jessica felt the need to post this on social media rather than making the decision to nurse a child other than her own without involving the rest of the world

Would you ever allow this to take place OR would you ever do this with your friend’s child if they allowed you to do so?

  1. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    Er no?

  2. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    For breast feeding? Yep

    Does it have to posted on social media? Nope

  3. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    Some people do too much for attention these days on social media. I get breastfeeding in all of its forms, so if she and the mother of the child don’t have an issue with this then fine (though I wonder if she supplies this kid’s milk regularly or only when babysitting…if it is the latter I can see why people would think that is strange if it isn’t a regular thing because what do he drinks when he is at home…), but why the need to broadcast this over the Internet? Furthermore, do the child she is babysitting have to feed directly from her, I am sure at this stage he can drink out of a cup/bottle. So I get people’s point of breast feeding should be between mother and child.

    • August 12, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      Exactly. The friend’s kid is a 1 year old. He could have been drinking from a bottle long ago. Why couldn’t she pump and give it to him in a bottle? The woman said she offered to breastfeed her friend’s child. That’s another thing that makes it weird. It would be different if her friend asked. But why is she going around asking to breastfeed someone else’s child?

      • August 12, 2015 - Reply

        @Ang

        I agree Ang! I read more about this story and this is getting strange. I mean one article says the two women swap when it comes to breastfeeding both the kids. And apparently this lady lives with the other and her husband. So I am confused all around here.

        • August 12, 2015 - Reply

          @binks

          Strange indeed!

        • August 12, 2015 - Reply

          @binks

          Maybe they’re swapping more than breasts. Hmmmm.

          • August 12, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me Noirluv! But whatever their arrangement I wish this lady would have left these kids’ faces off of social media because I would not want other people to search me and see that image…lol.

            • August 13, 2015 - Reply

              @binks

              Great point, binks! Selfish people rarely think about how their behavior affects others, and these children did not consent to have their faces all over the place.

            • August 18, 2015 - Reply

              @binks

              The internet never forgets. Can you imagine these kids at age 10 or 12 and a classmate digs up these photos online?

          • August 12, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            I a’int trying to go there. 🙂 Yet, I wouldn’t be surprised.

            • August 13, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              :-)))). We shall never know.

          • August 12, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            lol

            • August 13, 2015 - Reply

              @Mary Burrell

              :-))))

          • August 12, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            Lol. I think both ladies are married and the couples live together. But that’s still strange. Aren’t you pass the roommate stage once you get married and have kids?

            • August 13, 2015 - Reply

              @Ang

              Exactly! Hmmm, I don’t know, Ang. I’m giving them the side eye big time.

  4. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    I wonder if her friend allowed her son to be used in that picture. I don’t agree that any person should breastfeed another person’s child (unless permission from the other child’s parents are given). Some pictures are not meant for social media in the Internet.

  5. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t believe everything needs to be shared with the world. I would only breastfeed another person’s child IF that child didn’t have sustenance available to him/her. In other words, it would have to be an emergent situation. I remember seeing a picture of Salma Hayek breastfeeding an African baby. I thought that was pretty noble, but this here screams ATTENTION. Social media gives people who want to be seen a platform, and sometimes I think they go overboard.

  6. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    Attention whore

    • August 12, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Exactly!

  7. August 13, 2015 - Reply

    ‘ … bizarre and … disturbing … ‘ my first thought — contact child protective services

  8. August 13, 2015 - Reply

    Privacy aside…

    Most Americans don’t read history and don’t understand how far our species has come regarding infant mortality.

    Wet-nurses were common all over the word. Not every woman survived childbirth. Not every woman could nurse. There were always women who could keep their milk going. Thus, they made a living and saved lives as wet-nurses. Babies would be considered “milkbrothers”. This happened all over the planet with all levels of society.

    Moreover, many women (ahem Clutchettes) had to go back to work in the field (and later in factories). If it weren’t for others’ breasts, none of us would be here!

    It is only the late 19th “nature” push and the 21st century version of that that sees breastfeeding as something that is done only between mother and child.

    Would I want someone else to breastfeed my kid, no? But I would have healthcare and options*. If it were a matter of life and death, you do what ya gotta do.

    *FunFact: one of the reasons why condensed milk is so ubiquitous is that it was used to feed babies.

    Frankly, I see too many poorly-parented kids who are dragged down the street and yelled at by Black women to worry about what this white lady is doing. This may not be your cup of tea, but a little more nurturing, softness and love towards our children would go a long way.

    • August 13, 2015 - Reply

      @BillipPhailey

      i was with you up until this part: “Frankly, I see too many poorly-parented kids who are dragged down the street and yelled at by Black women… ”

      this whole article & discussion had nothing to do w/how bw conduct themselves, but we got thrown under the bus anyway. why? if you’re not worried about these ww, then just don’t be worried, but why is worrying or not worrying in relation to random bw who are minding their own business?

      i’m not for breastfeeding another woman’s child unless there’s a specific need, in which case i see it in the same light as bathing an adult. just b/c i do it out of compassion for their particular handicap doesn’t mean it needs to be all over the web fishing for compliments/likes/clicks or whatever else. but these women & their story seem to be doing it for shits & giggles, which is weird & not based on the history of wet nurses.

    • August 13, 2015 - Reply

      @BillipPhailey

      If wet nursing is needed, then so be it, but I can’t imagine in this woman’s case, it was necessary.

  9. August 13, 2015 - Reply

    I am all for breast-feeding, but I would not do this nor allow this to be done to my child. It is neither necessary nor appropriate in this country.

  10. August 13, 2015 - Reply

    I’ve not had kids yet but aren’t they both a bit big for breastfeeding? I personally would keep this to myself, even if it was just my child.

    • August 14, 2015 - Reply

      @6disqncali

      there’s no biological need that says kids should stop breastfeeding before they’re 1. most of my family breastfeed or were breastfed until 3 or 4. health professionals recommend to breastfeed for at least the 1st 6 months of life. if it wasn’t for western style living where everybody is rushing back to work on a deadline, most kids would ween themselves off naturally.

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