Moms Who Nurse Each Other's Kids Are 'Breast Friends' Forever (VIDEO)

breast friendsThere are best friends, and then there are breast friends -- and Connecticut moms Stefani Tatavitto and Chrystal Klein fall into the latter category. The two women frequently breastfeed each other's children, with Tatavitto stepping in to nurse Klein's daughter when Klein has to work (and Klein taking over Tatavitto's breastfeeding duties when she needs a night out), and both moms think it's perfectly natural.

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In fact, for Tatavitto and Klein, the arrangement is more than merely natural -- it's a necessity. 

“Because of Stefani wet nursing, I don’t need to pump milk for my daughter or worry about her not having any milk,” Klein told the New York Post. “I would say there are no drawbacks. I only see positive from this.”

Positivity aside, the women know that their somewhat unconventional situation is strange to some, including the people closest to them.

“My family and friends don’t know that much about our wet nursing arrangements,” said Klein. “Some people might question it, because I know it’s not ordinary to wet nurse nowadays.”

But Tatavitto doesn't think there's anything "shocking" about the fact that the women breastfeed each other's kids.

"Breastfeeding is natural,” she said. “You drink breast milk from animals, it’s not that weird to drink breast milk from another human.”

You've got to admit she has a point there. It's true that wet nursing isn't something you hear much about these days, but the practice used to be commonplace -- and some say it's having a resurgence, thanks to the increasingly demanding careers of working moms and the reluctance many have to formula feed (and/or the challenges involved with pumping). And there are plenty of people who don't find anything strange about breastfeeding another woman's child at all, including Salma Hayek, who thought nothing of breastfeeding a sick, hungry child in the Sierra Leone. 

"If you have milk, you have milk, and if they're hungry, they're hungry," Hayek said at the time.

Like Tatavitto, Hayek has a point. Assuming the breastfeeding mom in question is healthy and trustworthy (both Tatavitto and Klein say they've been tested for infections, etc., and are fine), then what's the problem? Sure, what these moms are doing might raise a few eyebrows, but ultimately there's not one thing wrong with nourishing another woman's child -- and helping her to go out and make money to support her family in the process (or even just giving her a much-needed break). 

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And if the whole thing still sounds weird to you, then watch the below video -- seeing these moms in action (and the friendship they share) makes the whole thing seem that much more normal: 

These ladies are definitely giving new meaning to the term "BFF" -- and that's a good thing! Everybody involved seems happy and healthy, and that's all that really matters. 

 

Image via nypost.com

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