The Pope Has, Uh, Blessed Public Breastfeeding

Pope Francis shows compassion for a nursing mom.

Public breastfeeding just got a very high-profile advocate: The pope!

Pope Francis has been all over the news recently, from being named Time’s Person of the Year to his welcoming of a child who wandered onstage during a speech. Now he’s making headlines for encouraging a woman to breastfeed her infant as she waited in line to see him. The pope told La Stampa (via The New York Times) this story:

“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 months 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! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.”

He’s also been photographed kissing a baby while a mother nursed a few inches a way, so that’s even more evidence that he’s totally cool with boobs. We’re pretty sure if his Holiness doesn’t have a problem with feeding your baby whenever, wherever ... no one else should either.

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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