Pope Francis on breastfeeding in public: Don't think twice, it's alright

The pope urged mothers to breastfeed their babies in church or anywhere else "without thinking twice"

Published January 14, 2014 2:42PM (EST)

  (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)
(AP/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis encouraged mothers at an annual baptism event at the Sistine Chapel to breastfeed their babies "without thinking twice" because "they are the most important people here."

"Today the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry," Francis said, according to Reuters. "If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here."

As the Huffington Post notes, the pope has been vocal about public breastfeeding before. In a recent interview with La Stampa, Francis shared an anecdote about meeting a young woman with a crying infant. The pope said the woman was embarrassed to breastfeed in front of him, but he reassured her, “Please give it something to eat!”



By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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