Breastfeeding Officer Sparks Debate in China

'Police mum' promoted for helping orphaned babies in quake
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 5:44 PM CDT
Medical personnel give emergency treatment to an injured baby in Dujiangyan, a city in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday, May 12, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A policewoman has sparked debate in Beijing after breastfeeding nine orphaned babies during last month's earthquake, Reuters reports. Officials have promoted Jiang Xiaojuan, 30, calling her "hero and model police officer," but others argue that merit, not deeds, should lead to promotion. Xiaojuan left her baby at home to help with disaster relief and earned the press nickname "police mum."