Woman Breastfeeds Sister's Baby, Sparks Major Debate About Wet Nursing

A woman recently stepped in to nurse her sister's hungry baby—but while some social media users have called the move "awesome," others had some incredibly critical things to say.

What would you do if you were watching another woman's child and she would not take the bottle? If you're anything like this woman—and if the baby in question is your sister's child—you just might do what you need to do to feed the baby.

A recent post on Facebook group Breastfeeding Mama Talk explored what happened when a mom chose to nurse her sister's child. "In some weird chain of events today I ended up breastfeeding my sister's son while she was away, because he would not take the bottle his momma pumped him," the woman said, according to the post's caption. "In return because my son won't latch and is strictly fed bottles I pump, my sister was able to feed my son her perfectly good pumped milk. Which made for two very happy and content babies."

Now, we say as long as the woman's sister was comfortable with this, there's no reason to criticize the choice. After all, her nephew was hungry and wouldn't take the bottle. What else was she supposed to do? Unfortunately, not everyone saw the situation this way. "I would feel too weirded out to feed another baby, and I would NEVER be comfortable with someone else feeding my son. I don't even really like giving him a bottle for someone else to feed him. This pissed my mil off, but she also hated that I breastfed so I didn't really care how she felt," one Facebook used commented.

Luckily, plenty of other moms came to this woman's defense—and many of them even had their own experiences with wet nursing. One mom shared her own story: "About a year ago I was in my best friends wedding. My son was about [three] months old. My step sister said that she was able to watch him until I was done with being in the wedding party. My son at the time got really hungry and started fussing. He wouldn't take the bottle. My step sister at the time was still nursing her son. She asked me (signed it to me) if it was alright for her to nurse him. She was a life saver. I would do the same for her if needed be," she said. 

The post definitely sparked a debate—but the truth is, "wet nursing" or "cross-nursing" is not a new concept. While it might be something not every mother is comfortable with, there's really no need to slam another mama for simply taking care of her nephew.