Is it ever OK to breastfeed another person’s child? That’s the query raised by a Canadian newspaper column that has gone viral.
Globe and Mail columnist Leah McLaren divulged she tried to nurse the toddler of a Canadian politician at a cocktail party over a decade in the past.
Conservative MP Michael Chong, the daddy of the newborn boy, has confirmed the incident, calling it “odd”.
Final week’s column was shortly deleted, however has spawned the hashtag #lacgate.
In the article, Ms McLaren recalled being at a celebration in Toronto that she described as “informal and expensively lubricated”.
Feeling “broody”, she mentioned she wandered upstairs on the lookout for a toilet solely to enter a bed room and discover “the cutest child I might ever seen”.
She mentioned she picked him up for a cuddle.
“One way or the other, my pinky finger ended up in his mouth and I used to be astonished on the energy of his sucking reflex,” Ms McLaren wrote. “‘C’mon woman,’ mentioned his eyes.
“And I abruptly knew what he wished. And I in fact wished to present him what he wished. The one downside was, I had no milk.”
She determined she would attempt to breastfeed the toddler anyway out of curiosity, however was interrupted by Mr Chong.
“Mr Chong took his son, bade me a swift and well mannered goodbye and I did not see him once more for the remainder of the get together,” wrote Ms McLaren.
Mr Chong, who’s at the moment working for the management of the federal Conservatives, confirmed the incident on Twitter on Monday.
He mentioned folks ought to concentrate on extra necessary nationwide points.
Neither the newspaper nor Ms McLaren has commented concerning the article.
One other Canadian journalist said on Twitter the Globe and Mail editors favored the “surreal premise”, however spiked it for authorized causes.
It impressed one other column from a author who disclosed how she once breastfed her sister’s child with out telling her.