Breastfeeding Her Son And A Friend’s Child Generates Reactions On Social Media

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The picture of Mrs Colletti, 26, and the two boys, who she dubs ‘milk siblings’, has divided users on Facebook. 

'Milk siblings': Mrs Colletti posted the photo to celebrate the conclusion of National Breastfeeding Week 

‘Milk siblings’: Mrs Colletti posted the photo to celebrate the conclusion of National Breastfeeding Week 

‘Happy World Breastfeeding Week!’ Mrs Colletti wrote.

‘I watch her son while she works and have been feeding them both for a year! So much love between these milk siblings, it’s a special bond between us all.’

Mrs Colletti has been breastfeeding her friend’s son since he was just five months, after he struggled with formula, and says her friend was very much ‘on board’ with the idea.

‘He was having issues with the formula his previous sitter had given him and his issues resolved when formula was no longer necessary.’

'It just made sense to nourish him in the same way': She has been feeding her friend's son for over a year

‘It just made sense to nourish him in the same way’: She has been feeding her friend’s son for over a year
'A lot of people are misinformed': Mrs Colletti says most people don't understand 'breastfeeding relationships'

‘A lot of people are misinformed’: Mrs Colletti says most people don’t understand ‘breastfeeding relationships’
 Mrs Colletti says her friend is 100 per cent happy with it.

‘My friend and her son live with me and my husband. She knows everything about me and trusts me with the care of her child,’ Mrs Colletti said.

‘She knows I want nothing but the best four our boys, which is why she supports me breastfeeding our babies.’

The post, which has since been liked more than 500 times, received a mix of positive and less supportive responses from users.

‘I wish that I could like this a million times!’ One user wrote.

‘Wet nurses saved many lives years ago,’ another said.

WHAT IS A MILK SIBLING?

Milk siblings are non-related infants who are breastfed by the same wet nurse.

‘Milk kinship’ was the practice of forging relationships or bonds between two infants nursed by the same non-biological mother within communities.

Mrs Colletti has since considered removing the post altogether due to the negative feedback and other users hassling her.

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