Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and encouraged mothers to go ahead and breastfeed their babies during the service.”You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry,” he said in a departure from his prepared text. Thanks to the Pope’s progressive views on breastfeeding in church, the babies also got a chance to brunch underneath Michelangelo’s frescoes. At least one mother was seen nursing her hungry child before the Pope even reached the homily, reports NBC News.This is not the first time Pope Francis has encouraged moms to breastfeed in the Sistene Chapel. According to the UK’s Independent, last year during a baptism ceremony, he told the moms, “If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice, because they are the most important people here.”Between this and his movement toward a “new balance” on the traditional Catholic anti-gay, anti-abortion, and anti-birth control stance, its almost like the Pope is trying to be cool. We’re just grateful that he is recognizing that breastfeeing is entirely natural and not something mothers should feel ashamed to do.
Feel Free to Breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel, Says Cool Pope