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Pope Francis showing support for public breastfeeding?

Posted by Kristi Palma  December 19, 2013 09:14 AM

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There's been some buzz about a recent interview that Pope Francis did with La Stampa, in which the subject of public breastfeeding comes up.

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When asked about the problem of child hunger, the Pope -- who is Time magazine's Person of the Year -- told the story about a mother and her infant. Here is what he said:

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 breastfeed 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 Huffington Post writes "Although one could argue that the Pope's statement was just explaining world hunger -- not breastfeeding liberation -- it does appear that all he wants is for babies to get fed. And he doesn't care where."

What do you think? Do you think, from his story, that Pope Francis is saying that he supports public breastfeeding?

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