Would You Breastfeed Someone Else's Baby?


I’m sure you’ve considered this before, maybe you have strong feelings about it and maybe you don’t.

Maybe you have rules like “only in an emergency” or maybe you’d give to a milk bank but wouldn’t actually nurse another woman’s baby.

For some reason this has been on my mind and I’ve been exploring how I feel about it.

I fall firmly in the “yes I would do it camp”, but I can’t say I fall there easily.

How about you?

I think about it logically and I really have no problem with it. I have no problem nursing any other baby. Do I have a problem with someone else casually nursing my baby? I don’t know. I can’t tell if I’m uncomfortable with it because I’m really not ok with it, or it it’s because I’ve just never been in this situation.

I found a great article written a couple years ago when Salma Hayek shocked the world by nursing a hungry baby in Sierra Leone. And of course La Leche League and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America both advise against cross-nursing, but I wonder how much of those stances are based on what they have to say legally.

I think it’s an interesting thing to discuss, because we might be in the situation (emergent or not) where we have to decide. What do you think?