A police officer from Argentina took the call of duty to new heights recently when she opted to help a child in need. Now, a recent photo capturing her moment of action is going viral on the internet and stirring up conversations about what it means to be a mother in a world where there is so much desperation and hunger.
Celeste Jaqueline Ayala was working at a hospital in Buenos Aires when she heard a baby crying.
The police officer, who is a mother to a newborn, approached the hospital staff and asked if she could help to comfort the baby who had recently been taken away from his mother. According to reports, the hospital described the child as “smelly and dirty.” After speaking to hospital management, Ayala sat down with the infant and lent him her beast to feed. According to CNN, the Buenos Aires Provincial Police didn’t explain why the child had been taken from his mother.
“I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him,” Celeste Jaqueline Ayala told Yahoo Finance. “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.”
Ayala’s colleague snapped a photo of the incident which occurred on August 14. and posted it on Facebook.
Quiero hacer público este gran gesto de amor que tuviste hoy con ese bebito, que sin conocerlo no dudaste y por un…
Marcos Heredia, who took and posted the photo wrote on his wall “I want to make public this great gesture of love that you displayed today with this baby, who without knowing you didn’t hesitate and for a moment you fulfilled how if you were her mother, you don’t care about filth and smell like professional lords of the hospital manifest. Things like that don’t look every day.”
In the days that followed, the image received hundreds of thousands of comments and shares. Speaking to CNN Heredia explained that he didn’t know why the hospital wouldn’t feed the baby initially.
As a result of her actions, Ayala has been promoted from officer to sergeant.
Hoy recibimos a Celeste, la oficial que amamantó a un bebé en el Hospital de Niños de #LaPlata para notificarle su ascenso. Queríamos agradecerle en persona ese gesto de amor espontáneo que logró calmar el llanto del bebé. La policía que nos enorgullece, la policía que queremos. pic.twitter.com/8aBp0Xj4Zj
— Cristian Ritondo (@cristianritondo) August 17, 2018
In a tweet about the incident, Cristian Ritondo, the minister of security of the Buenos Aires province wrote “We wanted to thank (Ayala) in person for that gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby’s cry… An officer we’re proud of. An officer we want.”
Once news of Ayala’s gesture spread, users online were quick to praise her for her generosity.
To all the breastfeeding in public naysayers, check out the kindness of this police officer. Celeste Ayala saw that hospital staff were too busy to treat this neglected baby so she whipped out a breast and did it herself. #breastfeeding #CelesteAyala #RandomActsOfKindness pic.twitter.com/LfcE6Qyo2U
— Delphie Gray (@delphiegray1) August 19, 2018
Many pointed out that in a world where breastfeeding in public remains taboo, her gesture was truly one of a kind.
Others have praised Ayala for taking care of the malnourished baby when a hospital wouldn’t.
This is on duty police officer #CelesteAyala. She asked to look after a baby crying as overloaded staff in an Argentine hospital were unable to see to him. She then breastfed him like an absolute trooper. The power of woman.💪💪🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/T2tknZ8Fby
— THE SARCASTIC INDIAN😎😎 (@Padhaku_Choraa) August 19, 2018
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