Pope Assures Women They Can Breastfeed in Church
Kaye Garcia - The Christian Times
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January 14, 2017
A breastfed baby is supposed to have a lower risk of developing diabetes, obesity and hypertension. A healthy child will consume much less public health resources. (New China TV )
Pope Francis made a bold statement while attending a ceremony in Vatican during the weekend: women should feel free to breastfeed their children inside the church.
The pontiff was presiding the baptism of 15 newborn boys and 13 girls at an annual ceremony that paid tribute to the baptism of Jesus when, at one point, he encouraged mothers to feed their babies who were crying out of hunger as the service in the Sistine Chapel was "a little long." To assure the women, the pope even emphasized that the Virgin Mary herself nursed Jesus as a baby.
In many parts of the world, including the United States, breastfeeding in public has always been a subject of debate, with many people still regarding the act as going beyond the bounds of decency. With the head of the Catholic Church himself announcing that there is nothing wrong if women feed their babies even during service, it is hoped that people and institutions will be more accepting of mothers who need to breastfeed in the open.
It was not the first time that the pope publicly supported women nursing in public. Around the same time last year, he reminded mothers who were at a baptism ceremony at the Sistine Chapel not to hesitate in breastfeeding their young ones who might be hungry.
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