Breastfeeding Police Officer Saves Abandoned Baby by Feeding Her
It seems like everywhere you look these days, moms are breastfeeding other moms' babies.
Some moms are OK with this, and some are grateful for it. I know of at least one mom IRL that was forced to breastfeed another woman's baby, and contrary to popular opinion, the world did not end, and the baby was fine. Actually, the baby was much better off with a full belly, so there's that.
The point is, in all of our talk about breastfeeding and it's being a mother's choice and all that, we forget one simple fact — that breastfeeding is actually not about us as women at all. It's about food for the babies that need it. Plain and simple. I know there's a lot of controversy about breastfeeding, and I certainly don't plan on nursing other people's kids anytime soon, but goodness gracious! If we were stranded out in a desert or something, and I had some mama milk power, you had better believe I would be using it to save us all.
And that might sound extreme, but for one police officer who discovered an abandoned baby, that's pretty much exactly what happened.
Luisa Urrea is a breastfeeding police officer from Colombia who pretty much saved the day in a way that only a mother can. Apparently, Urrea and her coworkers were sent to the scene after an hours-old baby girl was found in a remote forest in west Colombia. The baby was found and reported by the locals.
When Urrea arrived, the baby girl still had part of her umbilical cord attached and was suffering from hypothermia. At birth, babies have a layer of “brown fat” to keep them warm, but it takes tremendous energy to keep their bodies warm without their mothers, so without calories, that baby literally would have died simply trying to keep warm. The poor thing was starving, all alone in the forest until Urrea stepped in and immediately nursed the struggling baby.
According to reports, doctors credited the brave officer with saving the baby's life, but like the mom boss she is, she waved it off.
“I'm a new mother, and I have milk, and I recognized the needs that this poor little creature had,” she reportedly said. “I think any woman would have given her nourishment in the same circumstances.”
When I told my husband this story, he was amazed. “I mean, what are the odds that the police officer that found this baby would happen to be a female, first of all, and then a female who just happened to be lactating? That's pretty incredible.”
And he's right — it is pretty incredible. Mama milk FTW!
Would you nurse another woman's baby in an emergency?