Pope Francis continues to back away from traditional church practices and told women that they should feel free to breastfeed even as religious services are ongoing.
“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is,”
“You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” he said, addressing women in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday who were attending the annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus.
The pope baptized 28 children—15 boys and 13 girls. He previously encouraged mothers to breastfeed in public as it is scientifically proven to boost the baby’s immune system and is rich in nutrients. It also improves the mother’s bond with their infants and helps them lose weight after child birth.