Officer called hero after photo of her breastfeeding malnourished baby goes viral

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (KRON) – A female police officer in Argentina is taking the internet by storm after a photo of her decision to breastfeed a malnourished baby brought to a local hospital is going viral. 

The photo was shared on Facebook by Marcos Heredia. 

Heredia captioned it, “I want to make public this great gesture of love that you had today with that little baby, who without knowing you didn’t hesitate for a moment you fulfilled how if you were her mother, you don’t care about filth and smell like professional lords of the hospital manifest. Things like this you don’t see every day.”

According to reports, Officer Celeste Ayala was on duty at Sister Maria Ludovica Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires when the infant was brought in for treatment. 

Seeing the medics were overworked and couldn’t immediately help the baby, Officer Ayala stepped in. 

“I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him,” Ayala told Yahoo Finance. “It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening.”

The praise for Ayala didn’t end there.

Cristian Ritondo, vice president of the legislature of Buenos Aires, reportedly promoted her from police officer to sergeant.

“We wanted to thank you in person for that gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby’s cry,” Ritondo added on Twitter.

The original photo of Officer Ayala on Facebook has since been shared more than 111,000 times.