Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pope Permits Mothers at Baptisms to Breastfeed; Allowing Breastfeeding Conveys Pope's Empathy

Pope Francis told the mothers of 33 babies he was baptizing in the Sistine Chapel in Rome today (January 11, 2015) not to hesitate to breastfeed them if they cried because they were hungry, the Yahoo News website reports.

"You mothers give your children milk, and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," Pope Francis said.

Francis poured water on the foreheads of the infants -- 13 boys and 20 girls, all children of Vatican employees -- as he lamented the plight of those around the world who are too poor to feed their own.

At least one woman took Francis up on his offer and began breastfeeding her infant. The invitation to breastfeed typifies the down-to-earth style Pope Francis has adopted since being elected Pope in 2013.

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