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Woman praised for breastfeeding sister’s baby so she can 'get stuff done'

Woman praised for breastfeeding sister’s baby so she can 'get stuff done'

The TikToker hoped to give her sister a well-deserved break

As every parent knows, there's nothing more stressful than attempting to balance the around-the-clock care that a newborn baby needs with the realities of daily life.

But if you're lucky enough to have a close-knit family by your side through the highs and lows of parenthood, you might be able to fob some of the household responsibilities off to them during the more chaotic moments.

This week, however, one woman has gone a step further to help her sister manage the pressures of a newborn.

And no, we're not just talking about emptying the dishwasher or whipping up a batch of lasagne.

Social media star Emily Boazman took to TikTok to reveal that she'd actually been breastfeeding her sister Kate's newborn child to give her a much-needed break.

In the video - which has accumulated more than 1.6 million views in less than a week - Emily can be seen holding her tiny niece against her breast, with her sister sitting in the background, munching through bowl of cereal.

"Feeding my sister's baby while she eats and recovers," she told viewers.

Emily wanted to give her sister a break from feeding.

Her sister then chimes in to confirm: "I've already fed her, she just loves the nipple."

Emily - who, according to her social media feed, welcomed a son herself around the same time her sister gave birth - went on: "She wants to nurse 24/7.

"And so, I'll just pop in and give her a little feed so Kate can get stuff done besides just nursing."

She asked in the caption: "Would you, or have you nursed for someone before?"

This sparked a rich debate, though thankfully, the majority of viewers heaped praise onto Emily for lending a helping hand.

In fact, most viewers opened up about their own experiences nursing for others.

Emily herself is a mother-of-three.

One admitted: "I nursed for a total stranger in the emergency room once. I could see the stress in their eyes and asked if I could help them."

Another wrote: "My mom was born in 1931. The next door neighbour had a baby a few days after and unfortunately died in childbirth.

"My grandmother nursed both my mom and the neighbour's baby. Her dad would just bring Her over when she needed to eat. She and my mom were best friends their entire lives."

While a third confessed: "My sisters 30th birthday she got really drunk and I was nursing my son still so I nursed my niece that night for her."

Others credited Emily for normalising the idea of shared nursing, with one user quoting the phrase 'it takes a village'.

They wrote: "I’m so happy to see positive comments. This is normal. Wet nursing is normal. It’s part of the whole takes a village, we used to all be together."

Someone else noted: "It used to be considered perfectly normal so I don’t see why we can’t see it that way now. This is such a kind act."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@emilyboazman

Topics: Parenting, Pregnancy, Health, TikTok