Photo of mom breastfeeding son, friend’s toddler as ‘milk brothers’ ignites controversy

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Cropped photo courtesy Mama Bean - Unconditional Attachment.

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mom has ignited a national debate about breastfeeding after she shared a photo that shows her breastfeeding her 16-month-old son and her friend’s 18-month-old son at the same time.

Jessica Anne Colletti posted the photo in a Facebook Group named “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!” She shared her story Mama Bean – Unconditional Attachment and People Magazine.

The photo presented here has been cropped. The full photo, which covers up no aspect of the breastfeeding process, can be viewed on Facebook.

Colletti told People that many people are misinformed when it comes to breastfeeding.

“They think it’s gross bodily fluid that shouldn’t be shared or transferred in any way,” she told People. “And I can understand, if people are receiving donated breast milk, they want to have it tested, but if you know the mother directly and she’s healthy, and you know everything about her, it’s a perfectly healthy relationship to have.”

Colletti said she watches her friend’s son while she works. She has been breastfeeding her friend’s son for a year.

“So much love between these milk siblings, it’s a special bond between us all,” Colletti wrote.

Colletti told Mama Bean – Unconditional Attachment:

“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. 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.”

10 comments

  • Greg jacquart

    What is the big deal. There have been wet nurses ever since there have been babies. The weird thing here is why this woman felt compelled to put her picture on social media. Keep private things private .

  • Trish

    Wet nurses were incredibly common before the advent of formula – which was intended to replace breast milk in children who were for some reason unable to nurse, not be used instead of it for matters of personal convenience. Nursing is the best start in life any of us can have and if this woman is able to ensure her friend’s child has access to this most fundamental human food source, more power to her.

    There are a wide array of reasons that a woman would opt to let a child nurse directly from her body rather than pumping, from an inability to pump (it doesn’t work for everyone) to simply wanting to bond (there’s nothing at all $exu@l about nursing a child.)

    We need to get over this constant connection with nudity and $ex. We need to completely obliterate the taboo of nursing – to think that we’ve become so bizarrely prudish that we approve of images of war but not images of something as innocent as a nursing child is incomprehensible. Nursing should not be a private thing unless the nursing mother herself chooses for it to be. When you’re nursing a child, you are doing it numerous times per day. It’s not always practical to go hide. Would you be ashamed if someone took/posted a picture of you feeding your child from a spoon? Of course not. We need to stop equating nursing with anything $exual and condemning nursing mothers to having to hide in embarrassment/shame for doing nothing more than tending to their little one’s most pressing need. I’m sick of people saying “going to the bathroom is natural, too, but I don’t want to SEE it.” Nursing is NOTHING like expelling waste from your body. It is nurturing life, it is sharing a meal with your baby, it is NOT in any way $exual and we need to stop shaming women for doing it.

    • LAKER66641010

      Fell better now that you got that off your chest Trish? Mature adults don’t allow themselves to get jerked around by every news story. Mature people associate breast feeding with what Mother Nature intended. All mammals have them you know.

  • LAKER66641010

    My neighbor was still breast feeding when her little boy was 2 1/2 years old. She liked what it did for her figure. Personally I thought it was kind of funny.

  • miles (dave)

    breast feeding is not wrong. exhibitionism is. its true there are countries where breasts are not considered sexual but here in the west they are considered sexual and so weather or not the law permits breast feeding in public its important to respect the vast majority of people who dont want to be tempted by your careless exhibitionism of your breasts and the things they can do. i can respect all day long those who breast feed, and the benefits of doing so for a child are great, but all that dose not make up for the damage done to those who prefer to see women as something more than sexual.

    its just easier to respect a woman (or a man for that matter) who respects them selves enough to not show off there goods that easy

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