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Pope Francis Supports Breastfeeding Enough To Know It Needs To Happen In Public

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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Pope Francis Supports Breastfeeding Enough To Know It Needs To Happen In Public

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 12/19/2013 12:55 pm EST

Mothers, non-mothers, and celebrities alike have come to arms in the support of public breastfeeding, and now, so has the Pope.

In an interview with La Stompa, Pope Francis was asked about the state of hungry children in the world. In response, he suggested that people should recycle food and be less wasteful, and then told a story that was both a reminder of the resources we have, and a declaration that breastfeeding mothers shouldn't be ashamed to feed their babies when they're hungry. He explained:

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!

Not everyone necessarily shares the Pope's breastfeeding philosophy.

In Texas, a woman was told to cover up while trying to feed her child at a recreation center. Another was called a terrorist by a New York police officer last July.

These and others who believe they are somehow enforcing notions of "modesty" are actually acting against tradition, however. The cultural shift to breasts as sexual objects is a recent one, and for centuries the image of Mary breastfeeding was considered sacred by believers. According to the Religion News Service, "the breast-feeding Mary was shown in every possible context, and “lactation miracles” and “milk shrines” proliferated across the Christian world."

Blogger Denene Milner is not a Catholic, but as a former breastfeeding mother, she was relieved to the hear TIME's "Man Of The Year" supports breastfeeding moms.

"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."

Although one could argue that the Pope's statement was just explaining world hunger -- not breastfeeding liberation -- it does appear that all he wants is for babies to get fed. And he doesn't care where. Judging by this photo taken last March, breastfeeding doesn't look like it's bothering His Holiness one bit.

by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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mylilprincesses
by Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM
saw this. I think its great!
jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Sweet!
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SlapItHigh
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I love him too!

Nicolle_09
by Silver Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

i love him too! My fiance and I were talking about how he is the People's Pope and who we have needed for a long time (im pagan by the way lol) he is so in touch with the people of today and loves interacting with everyone especially the younger people. 

amazzonia
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Catholic Churches have always been full of Jesus breast feeding, I don't know how it could've become a sin in people's mind... Some people are just disgusting
jconney80
by Group Mod on Dec. 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM
That's awesome!
jconney80
by Group Mod on Dec. 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM
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Right? It's so weird!

Quoting amazzonia: Catholic Churches have always been full of Jesus breast feeding, I don't know how it could've become a sin in people's mind... Some people are just disgusting
amazzonia
by Bronze Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

To me all who think that breastfeed is indecent are actually perverts not puritan... how on earth you can find anything sexual in a baby nursing??? I just want to barf at the idea

Quoting jconney80: Right? It's so weird!

Quoting amazzonia: Catholic Churches have always been full of Jesus breast feeding, I don't know how it could've become a sin in people's mind... Some people are just disgusting


Sarah725
by Group Mod - Sarah on Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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Wow that's great!!

amazzonia
by Bronze Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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Hopefully he will be Abe.to change some minds!

Quoting Sarah725:

Wow that's great!!


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