Salma Hayek Recalls When She Once Breastfed a Stranger’s Hungry Baby



Salma Hayek has opened up about the touching moment she opted to breastfeed a stranger's baby.
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The 56-year-old Eternals star reflected on the incredible moment, which occurred back in 2008 during a visit to Sierra Leone. Hayek was visiting the country as part of a UNICEF charity mission, when she encountered a young mother with a one-week-old baby boy.

After a camera crew recorded the moment, the footage was shown on Nightline the following year, and shows Hayek sitting down with the young boy and feeding him.


In the footage, the From Dusk Till Dawn says: "He was very hungry – I was weaning my daughter Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk, so I breast-fed the baby."
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At the time, Hayek had just stopped breastfeeding her one-year-old daughter, who - amazingly - shared the same birthday as the one-week-old boy.

"It was amazing because he’s really looking at me and he’s very little," she says in the footage. "My baby is one year so she can suck a lot harder."

She then opened up about her thought process behind the gesture, saying: "I thought about it, am I being disloyal to my child by giving my milk away? I actually think my baby would be very proud to be able to share her milk and when she grows up I will make sure she continues to share and be generous caring person."

ABC News reported at the time that Sierra Leone had the highest infant mortality rate in the world, and that Hayek wanted to combat the stigma that is often placed on women for breastfeeding.

Nearly a decade later, Hayek recalled the moment once again while accepting an award at the UNICEF Ball.


"This 15-year-old girl is sobbing and shaking with a newborn baby and she said, 'Please help me. I need milk,'" Hayek told the audience. "We had so many things but we didn’t have milk - except I remembered that I had milk because I was weening my daughter.


"I just weened my daughter from breastfeeding not long ago and I said, 'I got milk.' I sat down and I breastfed this baby.'"
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In 2018, Hayek revealed that she was actually criticized for her act of kindness - even her publicist insisted UNICEF not release the photo that had been taken of her and the baby.

"There was a lot of people that were upset I did that," she told CBS News' John Blackstone.

Hayek has been known for her charity work for three decades, and through the Salma Hayek Foundation, she is also helping to support disadvantaged children on the streets of Mexico and women who have been victims of domestic abuse.




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