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May 19, 2008
Milk of human kindness
PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION: Ms Jiang Xiaojuan is helping to nurse eight babies affected by the quake.
A CHINESE policewoman is contributing to the country's massive earthquake relief effort in a very personal way - by breast-feeding eight babies.

A newspaper in Chengdu, the capital of quake-hit Sichuan province, yesterday devoted a special page to 29-year-old Jiang Xiaojuan, calling her a 'hero' while Web users hailed her as 'the most beautiful mother' in the world.

Ms Jiang, from the quake-ravaged town of Jiangyou, has just had a child herself, the Western Daily reported. She is breast-feeding the children of three women who have been left homeless by the quake and are too traumatised to nurse, as well as five orphans, the report said.

One mother, Ms Chen Tanghua, 36, said she has been unable to breast-feed her six-month-old son. He had been crying from hunger until Ms Jiang offered to breast-feed him.

The babies who lost their parents have been put in an orphanage which does not have powdered milk, the newspaper reported. It said Ms Jiang brushed off a reporter's questions about her deed by saying: 'All mothers love children. Nursing a few babies is no big deal.'

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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moonshineray
May. 22nd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
That is exactly what I would do.
I think it is so beautiful.
marliah
May. 22nd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Shes a true hero. Wow. Such a precious woman.
season_changing
May. 22nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
It really touched my heart. Pure selflessness, right there.
jeannegrrl
May. 22nd, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
That's just beautiful. I wonder if such a thing could happen in this country given our litigous, boob-phobic, germ-phobic ways.
sayga
May. 22nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Probably not. Plus, there are very few places in the US where you can't find "powdered milk." Unfortunately.

I guess the most that would happen is when that woman was trapped in her car in the mountains and nursed her 2 kids during the week they were trapped.
etherealviolet
May. 22nd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
I LOVED this! I know it would never be allowed here. They'd act like she was harming the babies with her "possibly tainted and untested bodily fluids".
season_changing
May. 23rd, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
God I know. Our society is so screwed up. Of course, on the flip side, you couldn't pay me to live in China.
4tsandgrowing
May. 22nd, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
That is so amazing to me. I saw this earlier.

What a wonderful woman!
lil_irish_lass
May. 22nd, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
She is awesome. Where'd you get this article? I'd like to reprint it and cite it.
sandramort
May. 23rd, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
You know, I read about her yesterday and I can't help thinking "So what?". My big question is how it can be possible that there are millions and millions of people, probably at least hundreds of thousands of young mothers and at least thousands, if not tens of thousands of breastfeeding women... and ONE WOMAN stepped up to the plate? To me, that's horrible. To me, it's a given. IF there are babies around and no food for them and there are breastfeeding women, those babies SHOULD BE FED. It shouldn't be a matter of above and beyond!

I was also rather appalled that the policewoman's baby was away from her through this whole fiasco. At least her supply won't vanish, but will he go back to nursing? Poor baby.
deityofdeath
May. 26th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
God Bless Her. She is an amazing woman. ^_^
masquerader317
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. I am not trying to intrude, I was just captured by your icon and the beauty of your website. I scrolled down and read this article and you have given me tremendous hope. I breastfed my daughter, but through lack of education and knowledge about what my own body was capable of, my milk ran out around six months and she was then deprived of the most healthy thing I could have offered her. I feel terrible about this. She is a very healthy one year old now, but I still regret my ignorance.

I am now pregnant with twins and was more determined than ever to educate myself on how to breastfeed them properly. I admit though that I am still feeling some anxiety, that perhaps I will again, sabotage my own efforts and be, again, inadequate. This article has given me hope that it is not only possible, but through education I have no need to worry, that my body is completely up to the task with the right information. Thank you so much, and again I am sorry to intrude on your private journal. I just feel so grateful for you posting this that I could not help but thank you.

-Melody, Atlanta, GA.
season_changing
Oct. 12th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you found this entry to be helpful! I don't mind you finding this journal at all, though I'm curious how you came across it. If you need help or encouragement, I'd highly recommend boobie_bootcamp and I believe there are adopt_a_mom communities, as well. breastfeeding and boob_nazis are both excellent resources for information, support, encouragement and just plain companionship, as well.

If you ever need help or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I've never nursed twins but I have been nursing for over 4yrs now so I may also be of some assistance.

Congratulations on expecting twins! That's so amazing!
masquerader317
Oct. 12th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I am also a member of the pregnant and married life communities. I can't recall now what exactly sent me to your journal other than then I must have enjoyed something you commented, and I think your icon is very beautiful. I am on bedrest at the moment and so I have been reading through different communities and journals just to see what people are writing about. I definitely don't have a habit of commenting on total strangers journals! That article just spoke to me and I suppose I'm a bit more emotionally engaged now than I usually am. Thank you for your kind response, and for the community suggestions. I will definitely take a look and continue to try and educate myself to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Congratulations on continuing to breastfeed for so long. You are most certainly an inspiration!
season_changing
Oct. 12th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I add you? I warn you that I'm opinionated AND boring but I'm always open to meeting knew people. Plus, bed-rest sucks (I've only ever been on it a week) and gets lonely.

masquerader317
Oct. 13th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all. I have many opinionated friends and I enjoy reading their posts immensely! It's true that bed rest has not at all been what it sounds like, is boring and isolating. I look forward to your posts!
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