When a “malnourished and unclean” newborn was brought into the hospital where the police officer was on duty, she breastfed the infant.
According to When the baby was brought in, it was sobbing terribly, and Celeste Ayala was serving at the Sor Maria Ludovica Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Because the medical workers were overworked and the officer could see the baby was hungry, she sought the physicians for permission to hold and feed him.
The infant stopped wailing as soon as Ayala began to nurse him after receiving permission to do so.
Ayala told the local media: ‘I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him.
‘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.’
The hospital staff referred to the infant as “dirty,” according to a buddy of the police officer, Marcos Heredia, but Ayala seemed unconcerned. He snapped a photo of her nursing the infant and posted it online.
He stated that he wanted to publicize the wonderful act of love she had performed that day for the infant, who she did not know but for whom she did not think twice about acting like a mother. He was termed unclean by the hospital personnel, but she didn’t care. “Good job mate.”
More than 68,000 people liked, 94,000 people shared, and approximately 300 people commented with praise on the photo.
The infant, who has six siblings and a single mom who is in a terrible circumstance, is the younger brother, according to the local media.
Ayala, in her capacity as a police officer, breastfed a young child who arrived at the hospital crying. The fire brigade, for which Ayala volunteers in her spare time, has paid tribute to the selfless act, posting a picture of the act on social media along with the following message:
‘We want to congratulate the voluntary firefighting cadet Celeste Ayala who yesterday in her job as police officer whilst she was on guard duty at the hospital, breastfed a young child who arrived crying.’
‘Actions like these fill us with pride and obligate us to redouble the effort, the work and the solidarity with our community.’
On August 17, 2018 Buenos Aires provincial security minister Cristian Ritondo made the announcement that the mom of three had been elevated 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
Ritondo wrote on Twitter: “We wanted to thank you in person for that gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby’s cry. That’s the type of police we’re proud of, the police we want.”