The things people do and share with the world via social media are getting more and more extreme by the hour, but this bizarre out of Pennsylvania is definitely at the top of the list of crazy stories for 2015.

Jessica Anne Colletti, who is a 26-old-mother of a 1-year-old son, is causing quite the stir on the internet after she posted this photo on social media in honor of “World Breastfeeding Day” (who even knew that was a thing??)

In the photo, Jessica is seen breastfeeding not only her son, but also the 1-year-old son of her friend whom she babysits regularly while the friend is at work. She even boasted about the “bond” that is supposedly being formed between the two babies because of her community nursing skills.


Many on social media found the photo and the story behind it bizarre and even disturbing, to say the least. Among the reasons for why women said they weren’t in favor of the practice known as “cross-nursing” were fear of one or both children contracting a disease and the belief that nursing is a sacred bond meant to be shared only between a mother and their own child. Also coming up in the many conversations was the common topic of over sharing, with some women questioning why Jessica felt the need to post this on social media rather than making the decision to nurse a child other than her own without involving the rest of the world

Would you ever allow this to take place OR would you ever do this with your friend’s child if they allowed you to do so?

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  • Mary Burrell

    Attention whore

    • elle D.


  • Rizzo

    ‘ … bizarre and … disturbing … ‘ my first thought — contact child protective services

  • BillipPhailey

    Privacy aside…

    Most Americans don’t read history and don’t understand how far our species has come regarding infant mortality.

    Wet-nurses were common all over the word. Not every woman survived childbirth. Not every woman could nurse. There were always women who could keep their milk going. Thus, they made a living and saved lives as wet-nurses. Babies would be considered “milkbrothers”. This happened all over the planet with all levels of society.

    Moreover, many women (ahem Clutchettes) had to go back to work in the field (and later in factories). If it weren’t for others’ breasts, none of us would be here!

    It is only the late 19th “nature” push and the 21st century version of that that sees breastfeeding as something that is done only between mother and child.

    Would I want someone else to breastfeed my kid, no? But I would have healthcare and options*. If it were a matter of life and death, you do what ya gotta do.

    *FunFact: one of the reasons why condensed milk is so ubiquitous is that it was used to feed babies.

    Frankly, I see too many poorly-parented kids who are dragged down the street and yelled at by Black women to worry about what this white lady is doing. This may not be your cup of tea, but a little more nurturing, softness and love towards our children would go a long way.

    • Me

      i was with you up until this part: “Frankly, I see too many poorly-parented kids who are dragged down the street and yelled at by Black women… ”

      this whole article & discussion had nothing to do w/how bw conduct themselves, but we got thrown under the bus anyway. why? if you’re not worried about these ww, then just don’t be worried, but why is worrying or not worrying in relation to random bw who are minding their own business?

      i’m not for breastfeeding another woman’s child unless there’s a specific need, in which case i see it in the same light as bathing an adult. just b/c i do it out of compassion for their particular handicap doesn’t mean it needs to be all over the web fishing for compliments/likes/clicks or whatever else. but these women & their story seem to be doing it for shits & giggles, which is weird & not based on the history of wet nurses.

    • Noirluv45

      If wet nursing is needed, then so be it, but I can’t imagine in this woman’s case, it was necessary.

  • fujoshifanatic

    I am all for breast-feeding, but I would not do this nor allow this to be done to my child. It is neither necessary nor appropriate in this country.

  • 6disqncali

    I’ve not had kids yet but aren’t they both a bit big for breastfeeding? I personally would keep this to myself, even if it was just my child.

    • Me

      there’s no biological need that says kids should stop breastfeeding before they’re 1. most of my family breastfeed or were breastfed until 3 or 4. health professionals recommend to breastfeed for at least the 1st 6 months of life. if it wasn’t for western style living where everybody is rushing back to work on a deadline, most kids would ween themselves off naturally.