Most new moms will tell you that of all the challenges that come with having a baby, breastfeeding is one of the biggest. For those who choose to do so, nursing can be a great bonding experience, sure. But once you get the hang of it the bigger issue becomes this: what to do when you’re out in public and your babe is hungry?
It should be as simple as putting babe to breast. It is, after all, absolutely illegal for anyone to tell you otherwise. However there is a contingent of people out there who are completely against public breastfeeding, as though letting your child eat is something gross and dirty. Or something along those lines.
Thankfully women who breastfeed now have another supporter in their corner: the Pope himself.
Okay, so technically the Pope has always been in favour of nursing, but he recently reiterated his stance during an annual ceremony to commemorate the baptism of Jesus. According to Vatican Radio there were 28 infants with their families at the ceremony, so naturally some of them began crying as the ceremony went on.
“If your children are crying because they are hungry, the Pope told the mothers present, then go ahead and feed them just as Mary breastfed Jesus,” the outlet reported the Pope as saying.
It’s a refreshing stance from one of the world’s most influential men. We mean, sure… it’s great that there are so many celeb moms out there now spreading the good word (thanks for that Gwen Stefani, Alyssa Milano, Kristen Bell and more), but it’s always great when the guys get on board too.
After all if the Pope — arguably the world’s most religious man — is on board with the practice, shouldn’t everyone else be too? Moms everywhere can only hope.
Because at the end of the day if your baby is hungry, your baby has to eat. And that should be that.