Argentine police officer, Celeste Ayala has been promoted to sergeant after a photo of her breast-feeding a neglected baby while in uniform went viral.
Ayala breast-feeding the neglected baby quickly went viral on Facebook. As of Thursday evening, the post had more than 113,000 shares on the social media platform
Ayala was among of team of police officers that took six siblings into state custody in a city near Buenos Aires earlier this month because they were in extremely poor condition.
Ayala, who recently became a mother herself, could tell the infant needed food and so proceeded to breastfeed him.
The youngest sibling, who was about seventh months old, continued to cry, which was when Ayala asked staff at the hospital if she could breast-feed the baby.
Ayala told the website Cronica: “I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him.
“It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this. Society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children; it cannot keep happening.”
“I didn’t doubt it for a second,” Ayala, who has been breast-feeding her own daughter, told the Argentine television show “Cronica.” “So I pulled out my breast and he became calm.
Marcos Heredia, Colleague of Ayala, wrote on Facebook,“I want to make public this great gesture of love you had with this baby, whom you treated like a mother without a second thought, even though you didn’t know him,”
The minister of security of Buenos Aires province, Cristian Ritondo,tweeted: “We wanted to thank you in person for that gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby’s cry. That’s the type of police we’re proud of, the police we want.”
Reported by The Hill