A Canadian columnist Leah McLaren who writes for Globe and Mail recently wrote a column titled “The Joy of Breastfeeding Someone Else’s Baby”. As bizarre things go, this was definitely at the top of the list. In the now deleted post, McLaren shares how she tried to breastfeed a stranger’s baby without the parent’s permission.
In her column, she writes that when she was 25, she was attending a party at the Toronto House when she somehow wandered upstairs. She came upon a room where she found MP Michael Chong’s baby sitting unattended. She describes how she felt an immediate connection with the baby and is the reason why she picked him up. She then describes in detail how the baby sucked on her pinky finger, which gave her the idea of breastfeeding despite having no milk.
She unbuttoned her blouse and was about to remove her bra when the baby’s father interrupted her in a concerned voice. Chong took the baby from her hands and soon after they left the party According McLaren, the incident was forgotten and there were no harsh words spoken.
In the post, McLaren admits that what she did was wrong and breastfeeding a baby just for fun is something where even she would call the police if she found her baby in the same situation. However, the rest of the column then takes a weird turn as she talks about the joy of breastfeeding someone else’s baby and how she had done it many times. She called the experience ‘moving’ and ‘heartening’.
Though the column has now been deleted by Globe and Mail, some parts of it are still online. Many Twitter users have branded the story as ‘demented’, ‘insane’ and ‘weird’. A Twitter user wrote, “This is the strangest thing I have ever read”. Another wrote, “This nursing column is a true nightmare”.
After the column was deleted, Chong confirmed the tale and tweeted that the “incident took place ten years ago”. The reason why Globe and Mail deleted the article was for legal reasons. McLaren has not given any comment about what drove her to write the incident after ten years.