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Pope Francis Supports Public Breastfeeding

popeI’m not Catholic but at the rate Pope Francis is going I could be converting soon.

First he made supportive comments about gay marriage, reavealing himself to be more progressive than I had previous thought; now he’s giving breastfeeding in public the papal seal of approval.

As The Huffington Post reports, during an interview with La Stompa about hungry children Pope Francis talked about how people should be less wasteful with foodand how moms shouldn’t be embarrassed to feed their babies when they’re hunry.

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 month s 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 breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!

It’s wonderful to hear the Pope vocally approve of breastfeeding in public as it seems like so many of those who get upset about nursing in public seem to think they are defending some distorted notion of modesty when, in reality, it is they who are sexualizing the breast and the problem lies within their way of thinking.

Blogger Denene Milner talks about that with The Huffington Post:

“Honestly, I wish there was this level of deep thinking in my own Baptist church when my daughters were babies and I was breastfeeding,” she wrote. “On Sundays when I knew I’d be sitting in a church pew, I’d go out of my way to feed my daughters just before we walked in so that their bellies would be full for a good part of the service, and then I’d be all anxious when they’d start fidgeting.”

It’s a no brainer for a religious institution to support breastfeeding. If you’re all about the family it should follow that mothers opting to breastfeed is a cause you should get behind, not declare indecent.

Image: Flickr.com/CatholicChurch(EnglandandWales)

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