Pope Francis Tells Women They're Welcome To Breastfeed In Church



At an annual ceremony to commemorate the baptism of Jesus on Sunday, Pope Francis said that mothers should feel comfortable breastfeeding infants in public. So much so that he invited mothers attending the lengthy ceremony at the Sistine Chapel to feed their children as they began to wail.

Vatican Radio explained:

"As the sounds of crying grew louder, the Pope joked that the concert had begun. The babies are crying, he said, because they are in an unfamiliar place, or because they had to get up early, or sometimes simply because they hear another child crying. Jesus did just the same, Pope Francis said, adding that he liked to think of Our Lord's first sermon as his crying in the stable.

"And 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."


And this isn't the first time the Pope has supported breastfeeding in public. During the same ceremony two years ago, in which Pope Francis baptized 33 infants, he told mothers they were free to feed their children if they cried or were hungry.

But not all churches support the move, in 2014, a mother said she was told breastfeeding during church was "inappropriate."

And in 2012, writer Rachel Marie Stone claims that security whisked her away as she breastfed her son during a family trip to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Hopefully Francis' stance, which matches his other more progressive policies, should have some sway when it comes to convincing sceptics.