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More on Salma Hayek and Cross Nursing and a Poll

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As I wrote here earlier, the ABC show Nightline aired footage of Salma Hayek cross nursing a baby during her humanitarian trip to Sierra Leone.
The Celebrity Baby Blog has more on this story, as well as a poll asking people if they have ever cross nursed, or if they would do so. Click here to vote.
Alpha Mom blog has another interview with Hayek. Read it to learn about Hayek’s love for babies, boobs and stilleto boots.

Salma Hayek Travels to Sierra Leone: Talks About Tetanus Vaccinations and Breastfeeding

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In an ABC Nightline story about tetanus in Sierra Leone, actress Salma Hayek talks about the importance of breastfeeding and even cross nurses a baby. Hayek is working with the company that makes Pampers to promote tetanus vaccinations.
Watch the video here. (You’ll see Hayek nursing, and talking about breastfeeding, about half way through the footage. But a warning: before you get to that point there is footage of a dying baby). Here’s an extended quote from the ABC story:

To most people in the United States, tetanus brings to mind rusty nails and a quick trip to the doctor’s office for a shot. But in developing countries like Sierra Leone, maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is a top cause of death among mothers and their babies…
Sierra Leone has the highest infant and child death rate in the world. One in five children die before reaching their fifth birthday and tetanus is a big contributor — 21 percent of all infant deaths are related to tetanus.
Tetanus deaths are preventable with routine vaccinations. UNICEF has launched an initiative to eradicate the disease worldwide by 2012. In Sierra Leone the cost of immunizing one person is about 74 cents.
Once a woman is immunized, her children will be protected from the disease at birth, before needing immunizations of their own.
In 2008, Hayek became a spokeswoman for the Pampers “One Pack = One Vaccine” campaign to support UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate tetanus. For each pack of specially marked Pampers diapers sold, parent company Proctor and Gamble donates the cost of one tetanus vaccine to UNICEF. The North American campaign has generated funding for more than 45 million vaccines since the beginning of 2008.

And here’s a quote about breastfeeding:

Hayek’s daughter, Valentina, turned 1 before the trip and the actress spoke about the importance of breast-feeding, especially in underdeveloped countries such as Sierra Leone. In fact doctors there say that because malnutrition is so rampant they would like to see women in Sierra Leone breast-feed for two years. But such behavior is rare. The reason? Men urge their wives to quickly stop breast-feeding because of cultural mores that forbid sexual intercourse with breast-feeding women.
“It is the best thing you can do for your child, not only the bonding, that’s how you build the immune system, so in a country like Africa imagine how important it is for the mothers do that,” she said. “But here, there is the belief that if you are breast-feeding you cannot have a sexual life so the husbands, of course, of these women are really encouraging them to stop and this is just a taboo.”

Celebrities and Breastfeeding– Salma Hayek, Helena Bonham Carter and Jessica Alba

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Hey, Jessica Alba, if you or your agent are reading this, send me your address. I’ll send you a copy of my book since you’re pregnant. I read that you told EXTRA that you’re worried about breastfeeding and have been having dreams about it. So take it from us, it’s ok to be worried, but there’s nothing to be scared of. Breastfeeding might work for you. It might not. But if you do a little homework in advance, you’ll feel a lot better.
And if my book doesn’t help, then get in touch with some other Hollywood moms who think breastfeeding is pretty cool. Try Salma Hayek, or Helena Bonham Carter.