Breastfeeding in the Sistine Chapel -- Go Ahead, It's Allowed!

Breastfeeding moms have another high-profile supporter: the Pope!

During a baptism ceremony this past Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. Reuters reports:

"You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," [the Pope] said, departing from his prepared text.

The written text of his homily had the phrase "give them milk," but he changed it to use the Italian term "allattateli," which means "breastfeed them," and added that they should not hesitate.

This isn't the first time the Pope has shared his open views about breastfeeding. In a December 2013 interview with the Italian paper, La Stampa, the Pope revealed this story:

[T]he 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 ... That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone ... I would like to repeat to humanity what I said to that mother: give food to those who are hungry!

Pope Francis is passionate about making sure people around the world have food to eat, so it's no surprise that he's a champion of breastfeeding moms! And breastfeeding moms -- even celebs like Alyssa Milano -- need all the (public) support they can get without feeling shame or noticing side-eye.

So here's our question: Would Pope Francis support breastfeeding #selfies? As the first Pope to appear in a few group #selfies (or is that #usies?), would he embrace photos of breastfeeding moms?

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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