A year ago we reported that Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies during the infants’ baptism service in the Sistine Chapel. Cut to today’s service, wherein the beloved Pontiff baptized 33 infants, during which he took the time to reaffirm his supportive stance on breastfeeding in public. According to NBC News, the Pope said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry.” Pope Francis veered from his prepared text to tell the mothers to comfort and nurse their babies. His written homily made mention of the phrase “give them milk,” and the Pope changed the wording and instead used the Italian word, “allattateli,” which translates to “breastfeed them,” mentioning that mothers should not hesitate to do so.
What an amazing endorsement of breastfeeding in public on a global level, from one of the most famous people in the world. A message that desperately needs to be broadcast in a day and age where the act of nursing a child in public still receives harsh criticism and censorship.