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Jewish nurse breastfeeds injured Palestinian baby

Ula Ostrowski-Zak feeds 9-month boy throughout shift, gets offers of milk from other mothers around country

Nurse Ula Ostrowski-Zak cares for a nine-month-old Palestinian boy at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. (Hadassah spokesperson)
Nurse Ula Ostrowski-Zak cares for a nine-month-old Palestinian boy at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. (Hadassah spokesperson)

A Palestinian baby injured in a car accident was breastfed by a Jewish nurse when he refused to take a bottle.

Ula Ostrowski-Zak nursed the nine-month-old boy throughout her shift at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Friday night, the Ynet news website reported.

The baby’s family had been involved in a head-on collision with a bus on Route 60 in the West Bank, which left the baby’s father dead and his mother with a serious head injury. The baby, who was slightly injured, cried for seven hours in the emergency room and refused a bottle, according to the report.

The baby’s aunts asked Ostrowski-Zak to help them find someone to nurse the boy and the nurse reportedly volunteered to do it herself. She nursed the baby five times during the next day.

“They asked me if I could find someone to breastfeed the baby,” Ostrowski-Zak told the Ynet news site in an article headlined, “I breastfed him like I do my own son.”

The baby's parents were in a serious traffic accident, and the baby refused to be bottle-fed. (Hadassah spokesperson)
The baby’s parents were in a serious traffic accident, and the baby refused to be bottle-fed. (Hadassah spokesperson)

“Well, I’m here all night. It seemed so straightforward,” she said, adding that she is a great believer in breastfeeding, breastfeeds her own children for more than the two years widely recommended, “and therefore I had milk to give him too.”

She said the baby relaxed and looked into her eyes as she fed him.

She then posted a request for help with nursing the baby on an Israeli Facebook page for nursing mothers and received many responses from women willing to come to the hospital, from as far away as Haifa, to help feed the baby until he is discharged.

She said the baby’s aunts later thanked her and told her they didn’t know other Jewish mothers who would have done what she did. “I told them that any breastfeeding mother would have done so.”

The baby’s mother remains in serious condition.

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