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Pope Francis: Breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel OK

Pope Francis: Breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel OK

Pope Francis baptizes a baby at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 02:26 PM

Pope Francis said that breastfeeding was fine in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday while he was baptizing children of Vatican employees, CNN reported.

The pope was baptizing 34 babies at the chapel, the official chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the traditional papal residence, when he reassured mothers that, if their children start crying from hunger, it would be OK to breastfeed them, per the network.

"We will now continue the ceremony; and if they start doing the 'concert' it's because they're not comfortable, either they're too hot, or they're not comfortable, or they're hungry," Francis said to the parents at the annual ceremony, according to CNN. "If they're hungry, breastfeed them, without fear, feed them, because that's a language of love."

CNN wrote that four years ago at another baptism at the Sistine Chapel, Francis said "if they are hungry, mothers, let them eat, no worries, because here, they are the main focus."

The network said the pope connected breastfeeding to global hunger during comments to an Italian newspaper in December 2013.

The National Catholic Reporter wrote in 2014 that regardless of the pope's stance on breastfeeding, it does not affect the norms in some local Catholic churches.

Mary Kate Dempsey told the Reporter then that she was visiting a Catholic Church in Michigan for mass when she began to nurse her 7-month-old in that back area when the child began to cry. Dempsey said an usher asked her to leave, telling her that breastfeeding in the church was "inappropriate."

"It really threw me that it happened in a Catholic church," Dempsey, a mother of seven who lives in Elmwood Park, Illinois, told the National Catholic Reporter.

According to the website Parents.com, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable time for breaks for nursing mothers and they should nurse in public if they are comfortable in doing so.

The website said, though, that nursing mothers should plan ahead as far as having blanket and other needed accessories, nurse in a place where the child won't be distracted and try to stay composed if others complain.

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