Posting a picture of herself breastfeeding her sister’s baby on Facebook, Meg Nagle braced herself for the reaction.
The mum-of-3 is a lactation consultant and hoped to create a discussion around milk sharing – but she couldn’t have predicted how many other women would come forward with their own milk-sharing stories.
She posted: “My gorgeous little nephew! While my sister was at work today I tried to give him a bottle of her expressed milk a few times (which he wouldn’t take). I could see he was tired so I popped him on the boob and voila, he was asleep in minutes.❤”
After being asked, Meg clarified that yes, she had asked her sister’s permission before breastfeeding her nephew.
And other mums were quick to share their own stories.
My gorgeous little nephew! While my sister was at work today I tried to give him a bottle of her expressed milk a few…
Posted by The Milk Meg on Monday, 21 March 2016
“My sister gave birth to my beautiful nephew nearly 4 years ago now! She was exhausted in hospital and he wasn’t quite latching, and she actually asked me “PLEASE! JUST FEED HIM!!!”.
“I felt so honoured to give him his first decent feed as a freshy and to help my poor sister get some much needed rest! Will never forget it! Bonding through boob juice!” one commented.
“I’ve nursed my niece and my twin has nursed my son. If it’s anything like me and my sister it’s been discussed before that we will do what’s necessary to take care of the littles,” another shared.
“My bestie and I have nursed each others littles. It’s a special bond and has come in handy when I was in labour and when she was having latch issues but couldn’t explain the issue,” another mum commented.