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Is Pope Francis for Breast-feeding in Public?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AGF s.r.l./Rex/REX USA (1694761d)
Pope Francis I kisses a baby
Papal Audience, St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy - 18 Sep 2013
Photograph by AGF s.r.l./Rex/REX USA

Pope Francis is Time magazine's 2013 Person of the Year. He's certainly earned that title for any number of reasons, but for many mothers all over the U.S., he definitely has their blessings after recent comments in La Stampa.

While his comments could be taken one of two ways, we'll let you decide what the Pope was referring to when he was discussing hungry children.

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 breast-feed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!

The debate over public breast-feeding has been heating up over the past year with women being shamed, harassed and more for feeding their babies while out and about. Pope Francis might have just been speaking in theoretical and higher-level terms, but we're pretty excited about it!

What do you think—was the Pope condoning women to breast-feed and be proud?

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