In an interview with La Stampa, a daily Italian newspaper, Pope Francis seemed to endorse the idea of nursing in public. As he was asked about the problem of hunger, the pope recalled a woman he encountered with a crying, hungry baby:
“There are so many children that cry because they are hungry,” the pope said in the Sunday interview. “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 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! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.”
The pope is clearly making a point about feeding the world's hungry: We have the resources to do it, he's saying, so we should. But he's also got a more literal point: If your baby is hungry, you should go ahead and breast-feed, even in public, even if you're in the presence of the pope himself.
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