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Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Mother's Love

By A.J. Llewellyn

I was minding my own business yesterday, doing online research when I stumbled across the Youtube video of movie star Salma Hayek breast feeding a hungry baby in Sierra Leone.
I watched it and let me tell you, I am not a tit guy but I found her actions to be humbling and very, very sexy.

It was quite something to see the smile on the Oscar nominee's face as she connected with this tiny baby, patting his hand as he clutched her breast. His exhausted mother watched and I have no idea if Salma was able to communicate with her verbally, but I am sure it was a moment neither woman will ever forget.
When I think of certain people I know who have never breast fed their own kids, it struck me what a wonderful thing the actress did for motherhood as a whole.
Salma, a goodwill ambassador for UNCIEF has been very involved with the promotion of vaccines and other health programs for babies all over the world, but to me, this gift of hers was priceless.
There has been some discussion about the incident I noticed - mostly positive, thank God - but I find it interesting that I watched this video in Hawaii where in the tradition of its native people, this would be the norm rather than the exception.
Salma is breast feeding her own year old daughter Valentina.
Some celebrity moms treat babies as the latest accessories. Salma Hayek in a simple, selfless gesture showed she is, as I always suspected, not just supremely gorgeous, but a woman of subtance.

Aloha oe,



Lynn Crain said...

An absolutely amazing story. Salma played a girlfriend of mine in 'Fools Rush In' and since then I have always thought she to be a genuine person.

This only proves it yet again.


Jambrea said...

It was an amazing story. I watched this one the news last night. There is nothing in this world like breast feeding your child. There really isn't. Salma is an amazing woman. The story she told of her great grandmother just leads me to believe she comes from a wonderful family! More celebs need to take notice! :) Thank you for blogging about this AJ!

AJ Llewellyn said...

Thanks Lynn and Jambrea,
I think she is wonderful and I am so glad you feel the same!!

Celia Jade said...

It's the first time I read about news like this, although in certain parts of the world, it probably happens often.

What a beautiful thing for Salma to do. Women don't cease to amaze me.

P.S. If you can breastfeed, do so as it is not only emotionally fulfilling but healthy for both mother and child.


Stephani Hecht said...

Wow! What a touching story. It brought tears to my eyes.

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