Pope Francis sent out a strong message to breast-feeding mothers in his recent interview with La Stampa, a daily Italian newspaper. When asked about the problem of world hunger, the pope recalled an encounter he had with a woman and her crying, hungry baby:
“There are so many children that cry because they are hungry,” the pope said. “At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it.”
“I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry.”
“Yes, it’s probably time…” she replied.
“Please give it something to eat!” I said.
“She was shy and didn’t want to breast-feed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.”
If your baby is hungry, he argues, give her something to eat. And if the pope advocates public breast-feeding (even in front of the him,) I would certainly think he would approve of it in other — less pontifical — occasions, such as say at Target, on a plane or at the mall.
If your baby is hungry, feed him.
It doesn't get any simpler, or more powerful, than that.
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