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article imageSalma Hayek Nurses Another Woman's Infant In Sierra Leone

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By KJ Mullins     Feb 11, 2009 in Health
Salma Hayek breast fed a child that was starving in Sierra Leone. The infant's mother was unable to nurse her child so Hayek stepped up to the plate.
Hayek has a 1-year-old who is still nursing which is how she could offer a meal to the child. She was in the poor nation as part of Pampers' "One Pack = One Vaccine." The project is benefiting UNICEF's fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Salon reports:
Hayek also managed to powerfully endorse the wonders of breast milk. "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 [place] like Africa imagine how important it is for the mothers to do that," she said.
In Sierra Leone many mothers stop nursing within the first few months under pressure from their husbands. It is considered unacceptable to have sex with a nursing mother in the culture.
Because of malnutrition and other factors the nation has the world's highest infant mortality rate in the world. One in five infants born die before their fifth birthday.
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