Breast milk is the best food for infant. Even the formula companies will tell you that. In some cases, it is difficult for a mom to breastfeed their infant. Sometimes work schedules or a mother’s poor nutrition interferes. Salma Hayak supports breastfeeding. In fact, she believes in breastfeeding so much, that she chose to breastfeed a hungry child during a recent trip she took to Africa.
While taking a tour of a hospital in Sierra Leone, Salma Hayek fed a hungry baby boy. She was doing an interview for Nightline at the time. Although the baby was healthy, the child’s mother was unable to feed her son.
Salma has a one year old child, Valentina, that she is now in the process of weaning. She told reporters that she still had plenty of milk, so she chose to breastfeed the baby. The act was caught on film and can be seen on YouTube.
Salma Hayak recalls that her great-grandmother once breastfed another mom’s child when she was in Mexico. Her great-grandmother was in a Mexican village and saw a crying mom and baby. The mother said that her baby was hungry and she had no milk, so Salma’s great-grandmother fed the child, who stopped crying and was able to go to sleep.
Salma Hayak has commented in the past that she was “addicted to breastfeeding”. Her daughter, was born in September of 2007. Salma has spent 16 months breastfeeding her child, an impressive accomplishment for anyone, let alone a Hollywood actress with a hectic schedule and the pressure to be thin. The American Associaton of Pediatrics recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed their child for the first six months of their life, and continue to breastfeed their child for at least one year.
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is also one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child. One out of every five children die before their fifth birthday. Out of those that survive, many have to go to work instead of attending school. Many children don’t even have a place to live. There are more than 1500 street children in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, alone. Many of these children face the dangers of being kidnapped and being trafficked as child prostitutes.
Not only did Salma Hayak perform a kind deed for a hungry child, she may inspire others to breastfeed their own children. While breastfeeding another person’s child is seen by many as controversial, at least breastfeeding is being promoted.
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