Mexican/American actress Salma Hayek has revealed that she breastfed the starving baby of another woman, who could not produce milk, during a trip to Sierra Leone.
According to Huffington Post website, Hayek had last year revealed that she was so addicted to breastfeeding her baby daughter Valentina, she felt “like an alcoholic”.
She recently helped a desperate mum in a refugee camp during a UNICEF fact-finding trip, and revealed it on the Today show in America when host Kathie Lee Gifford asked her about it.
“You found a child that was starving to death, the mother had no milk - and you nursed that baby?”
Nodding her head, Hayek added: “It’s about women sticking together and we really need to help the children in any way we can,” Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
And now the actress is fighting to promote breastfeeding in Africa - because it helps boost the immune systems of at-risk babies.
“It is the best thing you can do for your child, not only the bonding, that's how you build the immune system, so in a country like Africa imagine how important it is for the mothers to do that,” she said.
“But there is the belief that if you are breastfeeding you cannot have a sexual life, so the husbands of these women are really encouraging them to stop and this is just a taboo,” she added.