SALMA Hayek was so taken aback by the plight of an African woman in Sierra Leone who was unable to breastfeed her child that the star breastfed the newborn herself.
The 42-year-old actress, who was nursing her own daughter Valentina at the time, offered to help when the baby’s mother stopped producing milk.
The incident was captured on camera by a television crew from US TV show Nightline whom Hayek allowed accompany her on the goodwill trip in September.
“The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother didn’t have milk. He was very hungry. I was weaning Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk that I was pumping, so I breast-fed the baby.”
“You should have seen his eyes. When he felt the nourishment, he immediately stopped crying,” said Hayek.
- I think this is so inspiring! What a blessing to have been able to help that little baby. Breast milk is so healthy and the ability to nurse is such an amazing gift, it makes me wish more women felt comfortable sharing the bounty. Literally breastfeeding another woman’s baby doesn’t appeal to a LOT of people, but they forget about Breast Milk Banks. It’s like donating blood, only better.