Pope: ‘Please breastfeed in Sistine Chapel’

Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in public

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Pope Francis doubtless shocked a few traditionalists yesterday as he urged mums not to think twice about breastfeeding their babies during a service at the Sistine Chapel.

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The pope was baptising 32 babies during the family-centred service, and said, “Today, the choir will sing but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise.

“Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry.

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here,” he added.

And it’s not the first time the Pope has advocated breastfeeding in public.

Last month, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, he described how a mother was embarrassed to breastfeed her child in front of him at his weekly Papal General Audience.

The child was was “crying its eyes out” with hunger, he said, so he asked the mother to “please give it something to eat!”

He added: “I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!”

Breastfeeding in public is not the norm in Italy – and almost unheard of in a church service.

What do you think about the Pope’s more relaxed attitude? Would you breastfeed in public? And if you would, or have, would you breastfeed in church – or even in front of the Pope? Do tell!

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