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‘Go ahead’

Pope Francis says that women may breastfeed in church ‘without fear’

By WITW Staff on January 9, 2017

Pope Francis issued a strong statement in favor of public breastfeeding on Sunday, telling mothers in attendance of a ceremony at the Sistine Chapel that they should not hesitate to breastfeed while in church.

“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is,” the pontiff said. “You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus.”

Francis has previously expressed his support of breastfeeding, but breastfeeding publicly remains a social taboo in much of world — including, among some circles, in the United States. During TED’s annual women’s conference in San Francisco last October, a breastfeeding woman was kicked out of the event while a dog was allowed to attend. In September, a Georgia mother was threatened by police with arrest for “indecent exposure” after she breastfed her infant at a supermarket.

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