Even the Pope says it’s okay to breastfeed in church! And not just any church, the Sistine Chapel – under the watchful gaze of Michelangelo’s magnificent frescos.
Whilst conducting a baptism of 32 babies in the revered chapel. Pope Francis said “”If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”
He also said in a recent interview that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding during his ceremonies. – As reported by Independent.ie.
This is a fabulous boost for breastfeeding liberalists who have taken it upon themselves to fight for the right for mums to breastfeed whenever, wherever. Surprisingly (perhaps), breastfeeding in public is still a contentious issue.
The fact is that it’s still not okay for mums to feed their babies just anywhere – stores and restaurants have been known to ask nursing mums to relocate, usually to an allocated space. This is not necessarily unreasonable but it’s not really the point. A mum’s right to breastfeed is protected by law.
The Equality Act of 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place such as a cafe, shop or public transport.
Leave, relocate? Are they synonymous? Perhaps not? What is certain is that mums shouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable when breastfeeding in public. And hiding away in a public toilet is not right!
Claim your right to breastfeed your baby when he/she is hungry within the bounds of what you are comfortable with. Do it!
Would you breastfeed in church?