Pope Francis will arrive in the Philippines tomorrow, January 15, 2015. He will bring his message of "mercy and compassion" in different venues of Leyte and Metro Manila. His Apostolic Visit to the Philippines is until January 19, 2015.
Along the several news of the Pope on the television, the breastfeeding topic got me all caught. Being a mom its good to know that the pope supports it. He even encouraged mothers to breastfeed their child as they wished on Sunday while he baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel.
“You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breast-feed them, don’t worry,” he said, which was a departure from his prepared text, NBC reported.
Here in the Philippines it's really not an issue if you are breastfeeding in the public and was happy that some of the malls here in the Philippines already have a Breastfeeding Stations. But on some instances you can't escape the fact that most States are not allowed to do it on public areas. There are several controversies about it.
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 breast-feed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: Give people something to eat!
I am a proud breastfeeding mom! Way to go Pope and Welcome to the Philippines!