At a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, Pope Francis said that it is not restricted if mothers want to breastfeed their children in the church. In fact, he openly suggested to the women if they want to do the same, they can.
“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is,” the pontiff said, according to The Independent. While addressing the worshippers attending an annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus, he added, “You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus”.
This was a fine day when the Argentine pope baptised 15 boys and 13 girls during a ceremony but the pontiff made it clear that he was aware of what new mothers suffer during the long event.
To make their day easy, Pope had decided to support breastfeeding. In January last year too, he had gone ahead and voiced similar public support at the same ceremony at the Sistine chapel.
According to reports, when Pope saw one mother having a hard time feeding her child at the jam-packed ceremony but she finished breastfeeding before the homily, he was prompted to make the declaration.
Francis said to those mothers, “We thank the Lord for the women with milk and we pray for those who are not able to breastfeed their babies. We pray for them and try to help them.”
Earlier, he even made remarks on parishioners to be more gentle on infants during a visit to the St Joseph church in Rome last month. “Babies cry; they make a noise,” he said.
Well, it is a known fact that breastfeeding helps reduce child obesity, rates of diabetes and infections. But in almost all countries today, women are still widely criticized if they are seen breastfeeding publicly.
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