A mum has been left in knots after discovering her 20-year-old nanny attempting to ‘breastfeed’ her infant son on a home camera.
The mum took to social media with the jaw-dropping conundrum, revealing she made the bizarre discovery after months of working with the woman, only realising after checking the cameras she had installed in her bedroom and living area one day.
A mum to a five-year-old girl and ten-month-old boy, the woman explained that as she and her husband are both in the army they have depended on nannies to help out with their children since the youngest was born.
Sharing on Reddit the mum explained that their current nanny, the daughter of a neighbour, was a huge hit with the kids and her and her husband when she first started, and it wasn’t until she spotted the video that things began to sour.
“My kids are in love with this girl and I’d be lying if I said she wasn’t a blessing to our family,” she writes.
“I wanted someone who would love my kids as if they were their own and she does just that and then some. She’s always more than willing to help out, even when I don’t ask.”
The mum explains that a few weeks before she saw the video, she opened up to the nanny, 20, about her own struggles with breastfeeding.
“During a conversation that we had recently (maybe two weeks ago), I mentioned that I don’t produce much milk which forces me to rely on donor milk to feed my son,” she writes. “She was very sympathetic and inquisitive about the situation, and I was happy to answer all of her questions while simultaneously thinking nothing of it.”
She goes on to explain that she has ‘nanny cameras’ set up in the home that she rarely if ever checks, but that one day she missed the kids at work and decided to check-in.
“I was having a rough day yesterday and wanted to see what the little ones were up to so I decided to pop in,” she writes. “My nanny was sitting on my bed, rocking my son, and attempting to breastfeed him.”
“I almost felt sick, it just seemed so inappropriate,” she admitted. “I decided to wait until I got home to confront her about it, and when I asked she was incredibly apologetic. She said she wanted to help me because of my milk production issues and never meant any harm.”
The mum was left struggling over the conundrum of whether to consider the action reprehensible and fire the girl immediately, or whether it truly was a misunderstanding that should be forgiven.
Reddit users slam ‘completely inappropriate’ behaviour
Reddit users were almost unanimous in their response that the behaviour was deeply disturbing, and she should be let go immediately, even suggesting the woman contact the authorities.
“Breastfeeding another person’s baby without their consent is illegal and completely inappropriate!” one person wrote. “Plus the fact that she doesn’t have a baby and doesn’t even lactate makes this situation even more bizarre! I wouldn’t want someone like that watching my kids, who knows what other dumb sh*t she would do.”
“This is extremely inappropriate and creepy behaviour compounded by her not even having a baby and not lactating,” another pointed out. “I'm honestly not sure what to make of it and am very weirded out by what I assume is her playing out some maternal fantasy.”
The woman behind the post explained that the girl had started eating lactation cookies in an attempt to produce breastmilk, but the clarification did little to ease her misgivings.
She later revealed that upon investigating the incident further, she realised the nanny tried to breastfeed more than once, had even stolen some old baby clothes and had previously switched off the video camera at certain times.
One commentator described the whole situation as ‘disgusting’ and a ‘violation’, while the mother said she was left ‘horrified and heartbroken’ over the incident, ultimately firing the nanny.