Mum hits out at mother-in-law's behaviour after she catches her attempting to breastfeed on camera
However, she was left 'shocked and horrified' at what she witnessed, as her grandmother lifted her shirt up and tried to get the two-month-old child to latch on.
But in an abnormal twist of events, the grandmother has accused her daughter-in-law of trying to keep her and her grandson apart for no reason.
The first-time mother wrote on Reddit: "My husband and I both work full time and we have a 2-month-old.
"My mother in law comes to our house every weekday and watches him for free while we work.
"We're on week 3 of this arrangement since I went back to work after maternity leave. It's very kind of her to do this for our family and I appreciate it immensely."
The mum also explained that she is breastfeeding, and she prepares breast milk to be fed to him from a bottle while she is working, but when she is in the home, "he gets milk right from the source".
She continued: "He loves nursing and I do too. It's been a wonderful way for us to bond and a beautiful experience overall."
But, the mum was left completely flabbergasted when she happened to check her baby monitor app on her smartphone, and caught her mother-in-law engaging in the same activity, despite not lactating.
She decided to check the monitor to see if her son had finally went down for a nap, after the grandmother contacted her to say the child had been rather upset.
What she spotted on screen, however, left her horrified.
She said: "Yesterday while I was at work, I opened the baby monitor app on my phone to check and see if my MIL was able to get him to take a nap in his crib.
"She had been texting me saying he was crying really hard so she was thinking about just holding him for a nap, so I wanted to check and see if he was okay and if she ended up just holding him.
"When I looked at the camera, MIL was holding him and she had her shirt up and he was latched onto her breast."
The distressed mother frantically tried to contact the grandmother, who ignored her call. She added: "I had to sit there and watch her attempt to breastfeed my baby.
"He was latched on, but obviously not getting any milk as my mother in law is not lactating."
When the husband intervened and eventually reached his mum, she defended what she did by saying she was only trying to sooth his cries. The mum continued: "[She said] the baby was crying so hard, and that was the only thing she could think of to calm him down enough to sleep.
"She breastfed all 4 of her children when they were babies, and it always calmed them down enough to sleep."
As a matter of fact, the grandmother turned it around and said she was furious that her privacy had been invaded by a nanny camera.
The mum took to social media to ask for parents advice, as she doesn't feel comfortable letting the mother-in-law look after the child anymore, and asked if she was being unreasonable by feeling this way.
Dr Monica Peres explained to RSVP Live about the benefits for mothers that breastfeed: "Breastfeeding is the absolute gold standard and it is recommended by the World Health Organisation.
"It's safe for most people, unless they have HIV or similar and then not."
She highlighted different reasons why mothers may choose breastfeeding: "When a mother breastfeeds you get that bonding with your child first of all, then you also provide immunity for your child.
"When a mom is pregnant she gets the influenza virus vaccine, she should get the whooping cough vaccine and she should also get the Covid vaccine as well.
"In that sense all the good antibodies you're passing them on and protecting your child who would not have had all those vaccines because they're quite young.
"It's a great source of nutrients for the child and for the mum as well."
Dr Peres explained that while there are many factors that could mean it would be beneficial for other people to breastfeed children, however, if they are not lactating then there's no advantage: "There are people who obviously cannot produce milk and in some countries, other mum's can share their milk supply."