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 infant boy, has confirmed the incident, calling it “odd”.
Final week’s column was rapidly 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 rest room solely to enter a bed room and discover “the cutest child I would ever seen”.
She mentioned she picked him up for a cuddle.
“Someway, my pinky finger ended up in his mouth and I used to be astonished on the power of his sucking reflex,” Ms McLaren wrote. “‘C’mon girl,’ mentioned his eyes.
“And I all of a sudden knew what he needed. And I in fact needed to provide him what he needed. 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 occasion,” wrote Ms McLaren.
Mr Chong, who’s presently working for the management of the federal Conservatives, confirmed the incident on Twitter on Monday.
He mentioned individuals ought to give attention to extra vital nationwide points.
Neither the newspaper nor Ms McLaren has commented in regards to the article.
One other Canadian journalist said on Twitter the Globe and Mail editors preferred 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.