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​Police Officer Who Breastfed Neglected Baby Given Promotion

Jess Hardiman

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​Police Officer Who Breastfed Neglected Baby Given Promotion

Remember Celeste Ayala, the Argentine police officer who hit headlines recently when she was photographed by a colleague breastfeeding a 'dirty' malnourished baby while on duty?

Her actions were praised by people across the globe, who commended her selflessness - allowing her maternal instincts to kick in when she heard the cries of the young child, who was being looked after at Sor Maria Ludovica Children's Hospital in Buenos Aires, where she was on guard duty.

But Celeste's not only received widespread praise from social media - she's now also been promoted.


Buenos Aires' minster of security, Cristian Ritondo, tweeted to say that Celeste had been promoted from officer to sergeant for her kind act, writing: "Today we received Celeste, the officer who breastfed a baby at the #LaPlata Children's Hospital to notify her of her promotion. We wanted to thank her in person for that gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby's cry.

"The police that make us proud, the police we want."

The now-viral photo was shared by Celeste's fellow police officer, Marcos Herdia, who said that some of the staff in the hospital had called the child 'dirty' - but that this didn't stop Celeste from grabbing the baby and helping, as many mothers would instinctively want to do.

Credit: CEN
Credit: CEN

Posting the photo online, Marcos wrote: "I want to make public this great gesture of love you made today for this little baby who you did not know, but for who you did not hesitate to act like a mother.

"You did not care if he was dirty, which is what the hospital staff called him. Good job mate."

Speaking with local media outlets, Celeste said: "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."


And it transpires that Celeste is just generally an all-round good person, as she volunteers at a Fire Service during her spare time. Her colleagues there are equally as proud, having written on social media: "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."

Is this woman literally a saint?

Featured Image Credit: CEN

Topics: World News, Awesome, News, Inspirational

Jess Hardiman
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