Mothers shouldn’t feel uncomfortable breastfeeding during ceremonies.
Pope Francis baptised 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers to have no qualms about feeding them there.
Feed your babies if you want, Pope Francis tells mothers in Sistine Chapel
“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,” he said in a familiar, relaxed tone to the parents.
Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
are some of the world’s most celebrated works of art. The ceiling depicts the creation of man and the altar wall shows a severe God at the Last Judgement.
But the pope told the mothers not to feel intimidated by the surroundings.
“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here,” he said, speaking in the same room where he was elected on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,600 years.
Francis said in an interview last month that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding during his ceremonies.
Quoted from Pope Francis
Back in September 2013 I wrote a blog, “Unto us a child is born.” You can look it up on wordpress.com angela mc cauley. I told how I breast fed my child in church when my baby was crying. I quote
“I took all my children to church. I carried the youngest baby in a sling tucked close to me so if the child cried I could breast feed the baby discreetly, or so I thought. One day a man complained that “I should not be feeding the baby in church.” I was discouraged. Then I read the scripture in Joel 2:16
about calling the nursing mothers and the infants at their breast into the solemn assembly. God did not disapprove of my breastfeeding in church and I would feed a whole lot more before it was all over.”
This happened thirty five years ago. Today my son Aaron , whom I wrote about, emailed me the above information.
So I am pleased today that I am vindicated by Pope Francis.