Inspire Monday – Celeste Ayala

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A photo of an Argentine police officer breast-feeding a neglected baby went viral and she has been rewarded hugely for it. Celeste Ayala‘s action was regarded extraoridinary as she did so on her complete uniform.


You would wonder when breastfeeding became part of police duties? Ayala was among a team of officers who had taken six siblings into state custody on August 14th because of unfavourable conditions at home.


Celeste Ayala


Ayala before breastfeeding the child requested for permission from the hospital staff where the children were being tended to. The child was said to be the youngest among the siblings, about 7months old.


Officer Ayala who is currently breastfeeding her 16 months old daughter told Argentine Television show that:

“I didnโ€™t doubt it for a second. So I pulled out my breast and he became calm.โ€


Her colleague Marcos Heredia had shared the photo on Facebook applauding her gesture of love.


Celeste Ayala


Ayala later met with Cristian Ritondo, the minister of security for the Province of Buenos Aires who notified her of her promotion to Sergeant.


Celeste Ayala


โ€œToday we received Celeste, the officer who breast-fed a baby at the # LaPlata Childrenโ€™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 babyโ€™s cry. The police that make us proud, the police we want,โ€ Ritondo shared on Twitter.

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