A police officer who breastfed a neglected “smelly and dirty” baby in a hospital has been praised for her act of kindness.

Celeste Ayala, from Berisso in Argentina, was working on guard duty at the Sor Maria Ludovica chuldren’s hospital in Buenos Aires when the baby was brought in crying inconsolably, suffering from malnutrition.

Hearing the child’s desperate cries of hunger, her maternal instinct kicked in. She asked staff if she could hold and feed him as it was clear they were overloaded with work.

As she started to breastfeed him, the baby immediately began to relax.

Speaking to local media , Celeste said: “I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him.

“It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening.”

She said that she didn’t think twice about helping the poor baby.

A colleague of the police officer praised her for her actions on social media. According to Marcos Heredia, hospital staff said the baby was “dirty”, but that didn’t deter Celeste. He took a touching photo of her breastfeeding the starving baby and shared it online.

He said: “I want to make public this great gesture of love you made today for this little baby who you did not know, but for who you did not hesitate to act like a mother.

“You did not care if he was dirty, which is what the hospital staff called him. Good job mate.”

According to local media, the malnourished baby is the youngest of six siblings from a single mother who is struggling to cope and in a desperate situation.

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