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Hadassah nurse breastfeeds infant whose mother was seriously hurt in car crash

A nurse at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center won the gratitude of a family from East Jerusalem after breastfeeding the infant daughter of a woman who was seriously injured in a car accident Saturday.

The four-month-old baby did not accept a bottle and was wailing loudly for hours. When nurse Yael Cohen arrived, she offered to feed her herself.

“It wasn’t odd for me at all to offer it, even though I’ve never breastfed another person’s baby,” said Cohen, a mother of two from the settlement of Nokdim.

Nurse Yael Cohen with the infant daughter of an East Jerusalem woman who was seriously injured in a car accident, March 10, 2021 (Courtesy Hadassah Medical Center)

“I asked the aunt taking care of her if it was okay for me to breastfeed, I wanted to hear that it’s fine by her. She was immediately enthusiastic and thanked me happily,” Cohen recounted.

“As a mother it broke me to see [the baby] suffering. Hungry, her mother isn’t by her side and the only thing that can calm her is unavailable,” she says.

“I sat down, took her to me, calmed her and fed her. And suddenly it got quiet, she calmed down and ate hungrily.”

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