Argentine Police Officer Breastfeeds Malnourished Baby in Kind Gesture


She went above and beyond the call of duty.

An Argentine police officer is being praised for stepping up for a baby in need. 

Officer Celeste Ayala, a new mom, took it upon herself to breastfeed a malnourished infant while she was working a shift earlier this month in Buenos Aires.

The 6-month-old baby was brought into a local hospital along with his siblings, and when the newborn wouldn’t stop crying, Ayala jumped into action, reports said.

After getting permission from hospital staff, Ayala comforted and breastfed the infant. 

"I want to make public this great gesture of love that you made today with that baby, who you did not know, but for who you did not hesitate to act like a mother," said Marcos Heredia, who posted the image to Facebook. "Things like that are not seen every day."

The picture has since gone viral and been shared more than 110,000 times. 

“Actions like that of this cadet fill us with pride and force us to redouble our efforts, work and solidarity with our community,” a local volunteer fire department wrote of Ayala on Facebook.

Ayala was promoted from officer to sergeant as a result of her sweet actions.