Photo of police officer breastfeeding a stranger’s hungry infant is warming hearts — and she got promoted!

A policewoman in Argentina has gone viral when a photo of her breast-feeding a neglected baby was uploaded online.

The kind and generous gesture of officer Celeste Ayala is warming the hearts of people all over the world.

Officer Celeste Ayala was one of the officers who rescued a neglected six siblings. The police officers who responded to the dismal condition of the children, took them into state custody in La Plata near Buenos Aires last August 14.

One of the six siblings, the youngest who was only 7-month-old was crying and wailing due to dire hunger. Coincidentally, officer Ayala is a breast-feeding advocate who breast-feeds her 16-month-old daughter.

Being a mother, the policewoman knew how important it is for the crying baby to be fed, so she took initiative to ask the hospital staff if she could breast-feed the hungry baby.

“I didn’t doubt it for a second,” officer Ayala shared with the Argentine television show ‘Cronica.’ “So I pulled out my breast and he became calm.”

It was Marcos Heredia, a colleague of the policewoman, who posted and shared her breast-feeding photo on Facebook, which has gone viral in an instant.

Turning the maternal kindness expressed by the policewoman, into a national news.

“I want to make public this great gesture of love you had with this baby, whom you treated like a mother without a second thought, even though you didn’t know him,” Marcos Heredia wrote together with the photo he posted online.

The viral photo of Ayala reached the attention of Cristian Ritondo, the minister of security for the Province of Buenos Aires. A week ago, he personally met officer Ayala to congratulate her for her selfless act and to promote her into a sergeant.

“We wanted to thank her in person for that spontaneous gesture of love that managed to quiet the baby’s crying,” Mr. Heredia shared on his Twitter. “This is the police force we are proud of, the police force we want.”

Indeed, what Sargeant Ayala did is a testament of how selfless and nurturing a mother can be, even to a child that is not hers.

The simple act of kindness and compassion she has shown to the child is now serving as an inspiration to all people, encouraging us to do more and beyond our call of duty.

We are ending this story with a quote about kindness:

“Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life. Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” — Roy T. Bennett

Photos | Twitter

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