Many years ago, a good friend said, "I love you so much that when we have kids, if I need to, I'll breastfeed your baby." I thought it was a little weird at the time. I was still flattered - but it was a little weird. Even once I actually had babies to breastfeed, I would think back to that comment and thought, "Eh - I probably still wouldn't feed a baby - directly - if not my own [there's milk donation but that's a whole other story]."
And then recently I came across this very old article about a (lactating) Mom in Turkey and a baby that she found by the side of the road and the sum of the story is: she found this baby, the baby was clearly abandoned, dehydrated and on the verge of dying and she breastfed her. And most importantly - the baby lived!
This story immediately made me think back to my friend and her comment. It also made me think about my instincts and my guts and what I thought I knew about myself. But the the fact is - I don't know if I would breastfeed a baby that was my own. Under some circumstances, if I could - I probably would.
It was just another daily reminder that I should never say never and you never know.
My name is Elena aka The Breastfeeding Stylist and the creator of Mama's MilkBox.
We have one mission here at Mama's MilkBox: help Moms find their "old" fabulous selves in their new normal.