Breast feeding has been a pretty taboo subject. Many aren’t fine with the idea of mothers publicly breast feeding their babies.
Pope Francis weighed in on the matter and said that every woman should feel free and comfortable doing it in public.
On Sunday, the Pope attended a ceremony that commemorated Jesus’ baptism. Here, he held a speech as he was addressing the families attending the event. At the Sistine Chapel that night 28 babies were baptized.
“The babies are crying, he said, because they are in an unfamiliar place, or because they had to get up early, or sometimes simply because they hear another child crying. Jesus did just the same,” said Pope Francis as the infants starts crying.
Then, he added, that if the crying is caused by hunger, mothers should breast feed them as “Mary breastfed Jesus”.
The Pope has declared before his support for breast feeding. As he attended the same ceremony two years ago, he advised the mothers to do the same: “allattateli, which means ‘breast-feed them.”
Pope Francis has been really open and has proved to be breath of fresh air in the Catholic church.
Although he supports and encourages public Brest feeding, other churches haven’t been as open as he is.
In 2014, a report said a mother was told in church that it is inappropriate to do such thing in public.
An article written by a mother in 2012, following her trip to a church in Vatican, describes how she was sent to the bathroom by a guard as she started feeding her son in the sanctuary. The article is called: “Breast-feeding in the Back Pew”.
Many other mothers had to deal with such a negative comeback on the matter.