One young mother near Philadelphia decided to pose online breastfeeding two boys, but only one of them was her son.
Jessica Anne Colletti—exposing virtually all of her breasts while feeding her 16-month-old son Lucian and her best friend Charlie Interrante’s 18-month-old son Mateo—gleefully posted her picture in a Facebook group named “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!”
On a Facebook page titled “Mama Bean – Unconditional Attatchment,” Colletti was quoted saying, “My son on the right is 16 months and my friend’s son is 18 months. I watch her son while she works and have been feeding them both for a year! So much love between these milk siblings, it’s a special bond between us all.” The post came as part of a tribute to World Breastfeeding Week.
Interviewed by People magazine, Colletti loftily offered her feelings about breastfeeding: “People are misinformed. I think people have misinformation and fear. They think it’s gross bodily fluid that shouldn’t be shared or transferred in any way. And I can understand, if people are receiving donated breast milk, they want to have it tested, but if you know the mother directly and she’s healthy, and you know everything about her, it’s a perfectly healthy relationship to have.”
Colletti told Mama Bean – Unconditional Attachment:
Breastfeeding my friend’s son came naturally to me. I started babysitting him when he was 5 months old and the first time she dropped him off to me I asked permission to nurse him, since I was already nursing my 3 month old. She responded with an enthusiastic yes, because he was having issues with the formula his previous sitter had been giving him. My friend struggled with breastfeeding in the beginning and succeeded for 9 months. She was always very happy that her son had the nutrition and comfort he needed while she was working. Being able to breastfeed her little boy has created a special bond between us all, a bond I will always cherish.
Just to make logistics easier, Interrante and Mateo have recently moved in with Colletti and her husband.