On Sunday January 11th, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged the infants’ mothers to breastfeed their babies.
When he spoke, he said the following: “you mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry, “ Pope Francis declared in his homily. The written sermon used the Italian phrase for “give them milk,” but during his remarks, the pop changed it to “allattateli,” which directly translates to “breastfeed them.”
Pope Francis, also said during mass – for the congregation to think of the impoverished mothers around the world, “Too many, unfortunately, who can’t give food to their children.”
Pope Francis continues to show his support for Breastfeeding Mothers, especially in public. Back in December of 2013, the religious leader declared that moms shouldn’t feel ashamed to nursing their babies outside the home. He was quoted having the below interaction with a mother –
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!
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