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Right out of Steinbeck

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Crescent & Star
It's a cliche to say that the most terrible events bring out the best in some people.  But it's true.

I don't know whether you've all already seen this news clip from the earthquake zone in China, but it brought a lump to my throat:

Policewoman Nurses Orphans.

I think it's the juxtaposition of the police uniform (toughness / courage / public service) and the breastfeeding (tenderness / intimacy / nurture) that got to me. That and the fact that she's feeding eight babies, five of them orphans.

There's another article in which she's quoted as saying it's "no big deal." 

It's enough to make you think there's hope for the human race after all.
  • Wow. That's amazing. I hope they make sure she has enough to eat - I remember well how hungry I got from nursing (and donating the excess to the hospital). What a wonderful way to be able to help. I guess she feels just as honoured to be allowed to help in this way, as people are awed at her effort. There is indeed hope (especially when you bypass corporations and governments).
    • To-give-the-Chinese-government-their-due,-their-response-has-been-wonderful.(I'm-getting-reports-from-Dave-who's-in-China-at-the-moment).-The-army-was-mobilised-to-help-almost-immediately-and-the-government-hasn't-tried-to-keep-details-secret.There-are-many-western-countries-who-couldn't-mount-such-an-efficient-response.

      She's-an-amazing-woman.Those-babies-will-probably-owe-their-lives-to-her.-As-well-as-the-nutrients,-there-will-be-no-chance-of-contamination-either.
      • Hi, Bel. With a disaster of this magnitude even the most efficient emergency services in the world would be insufficient, I fear, to do much of what is needed.

        Yes, they'll owe their lives to her. Talk about "Serve and protect."
    • Hi Berte. Yeah, I hope she's getting food with a lot of calcium in it too.
  • I agree with the article. She is The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

    So many people do not realize that you can share your breast milk. We hear so much about women who have trouble nursing. Rarely do we hear about the ones with a surplus. I shared my milk with a neighbor when I nursed my eldest. The infant was allergic to everything. They tried soy, goat and who knows what else. The mother was an ignorant teen who thought breast feeding was 'nasty', but her baby was starving to death. I offered to wet nurse, but she thought that, too, was 'gross'. I wound up expressing the milk and taking it to them. The baby is now a robust 27 year old man. I doubt he knows how he survived, or he would probably be more hesitant about flirting with my girls.
    • Hi Cindy. I think she'd be pretty anyway, but yes, such an act is blinding in its beauty.

      One of the things at which I marvelled when my wife was nursing was the way the milk is produced to meet the demands of the baby -- the more milk is consumed, the more there is for next time. So yes, she can share and share (provided she's getting enough fluid and nutrition herself).

      I dunno -- it's possible your neighbor's boy might flirt more with your girls if he knew they got their mother's milk from the same mother.
      • I was also amazed at the amount of milk produced...embarrassingly so sometimes. I could tell some real horror stories! My smallest baby was 9.5 pounds and even my mother was convinced I'd have to start cereal to keep her healthy at that weight. I didn't. Neither had anything but mother's milk until they were 10 months old, when each decided they were bored with me and wanted cows milk. (shhh-don't tell La Leche!)
  • Thank for that link! I was so overwhelmed reading this.

    I wanted to hug that women.
  • Thanks for sharing that link, Ken. That is one of the most inspiring and beautiful things I've seen in a long time.
  • There's always hope... but you're definitely right. That's one of the most heart-tugging, lump-in-throat things I've seen out of this. Thanks for sharing it!!
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