A mother has shared details of her confrontation with a neighbour over a strange breastfeeding arrangement.
The mother says the awkward situation began when her next-door male neighbour, who had just moved in with a five-month – old infant, confronted her.
The male neighbour asked the mum-who was breastfeeding her own two-year – old daughter-after many conversations if she would also nurse his child.
Believing that the birth mother of the baby was no longer in the frame, the mum decided and began breastfeeding the child of her neighbour on a regular basis.
But the arrangement came to a crashing end when the mother of the baby arrived on the scene unexpectedly and shamed the neighbour for feeding the baby of a stranger.
The mom said, revealing her Reddit tale, that she felt like she was doing the right thing at the time.
“I currently have a two-year-old who still breastfeeds and I’m trying to wean her off,” the mother wrote.
“I recently just had a guy move in next to me with a five-month-old baby girl.
“When I asked about the baby’s mother, I assumed she was out of the picture because he replied with ‘she’s not gonna be here’.
“I offered to help him with moving in and anything else, as casual neighbourly friendliness, and he took me up on it. I helped babysit and set up furniture.
“One day, after finding out I was still breastfeeding my daughter, he asked me if I could also breastfeed his kid because he was concerned about formula and wanted his kid to be strong.
“I thought it was kinda weird but I agreed, mostly because I took pity on him.
“He really didn’t seem to know what he was doing with the baby and I thought that maybe I could help at least somewhat.”
“Well, my understanding of the mother not being in the picture was wrong, because she showed up,” she wrote.
“I was taken aback because my neighbour shut down every conversation about this woman and had very vague answers. I didn’t bother him more about it because it seemed like a sour topic.
“She found out about the breastfeeding and blew up at me.
“She said that I was a sick person to ‘let some random baby suck up my bodily fluids’ and I wanted to destroy her bonding with the baby and alienate her from her baby.
“Even after I explained that I thought she wasn’t present, she said that something weird must be going on in my head because it doesn’t justify breastfeeding someone else’s baby and you should never do that.
“She said that there’s formula for a reason and what I did is unacceptable.
“I have no problem with formula and used it myself sometimes but the baby’s father himself had asked me and until now, I thought he was the sole parent.”