Pope Francis Says Mothers Can Breastfeed In The Sistine Chapel

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in News & Politics


Today, after baptizing 34 infants there in a two-hour-long ceremony, Pope Francis said that mothers can breastfeed their children inside the Sistine Chapel. Francis made the comments “If they start performing a concert [by crying], or if they are uncomfortable or too warm or don’t feel at ease or are hungry... breastfeed them, don’t be afraid, feed them, because this too is the language of love,” the pontiff said, according to Reuters

The remarks are viewed as providing more cover for women to breastfeed in public, something that is still ostracized around certain parts of the world.

Side question: Does watching someone breastfeeding make you uncomfortable, or is it just another part of life?
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Male 4,029
Le Tits now
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Male 6,412
Just saw the new starwars movie and they finally answered the age old question where the blue milk comes from
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Male 3,989
I really like this Pope, I would love for him and the Dalai Lama to actually meet...but politics prevents it :(
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Female 4,680
Good on the fucking pope for once. If breastfeeding makes you uncomfortable, you are a pervert because you are sexualising the natural process of feeding a baby.
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Male 637
emmettyville I think it's more to do with the social aspect of our society seeing nudity as something taboo rather than perversion, I think that puts too simple a label onto a slightly more complex issue.

Some people will feel a bit awkward but it's up to them to deal with their own feelings and force themselves to think why they feel that way.
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Female 4,680
mrteatime I disagree. The function of a breast is to feed a baby. Anything else is a by product. Breastfeeding is hard, and anything that does not support women to do this in society, is damaging society. 
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Male 637
emmettyville Sure biologically breasts are for feeding babies. However many, if not most women experience some level of sexual arousal from breast and nipple stimulation. Perhaps opinions differ according to sexual orientation, breasts are associated with sex, that's why I think there is a little more to it.
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Female 4,680
mrteatime but when did it turn into "boobs are only for sex, shame women and deprive babies of a basic human right least us guys don't get to feel we own them and ogle them and possibly feel shame for looking at them like that secretly knowing that these woman are merely preforming a basic human function to keep babies alive"
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Male 637
emmettyville I don't think boobs are only for sex, if that's what you took from my statement. I meant that they are sexual as well as for feeding babies. That's why I think the situation is a little more complicated that your original statement suggests. 

If someone is uncomfortable with public breastfeeding, it's up to them to deal with their own feelings and shut the hell up. A mother should be able to breastfeed their child wherever and whenever required. It's just that I can see why people may find it awkward.  
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Female 4,680
mrteatime imagine if guys had this sort of issue every time they decided they wanted something to eat...
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Male 637
emmettyville No need, I already agree that breastfeeding in public shouldn't be frowned upon. Personally I've never had a problem with it but I can understand the psychology behind  people who do.
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Male 6,412
We do not breast feed
Are we missing out?
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Male 1,694
thezigrat No but based on some of your other comments I gather you feed on breasts as well as other body parts.
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Male 6,412
Is 22 to early to stop breast feeding?
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Male 1,648
thezigrat the party isn't over until the milk runs out;)
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Male 1,694
thezigrat I'm 62 and I haven't given it up. What's your problem?
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Male 3,788
I think the only place I would be uncomfortable with public breast feeding would be if I were trying to dine at a restaurant. A bit ironic, no?

Anyhow, even though I'd be a bit uncomfortable, I wouldn't raise a stink.
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Male 1,694
I've been married to a Lactation consultant for 35 years. Nobody in this family bats an eyelash. I've always found it special that women can feed their kids. My youngest was lactose intolerant and that broke my wife's heart that she couldn't breastfeed. The upside was she was in good with the formula reps and I didn't have to pay for it. Have you seen the price of that shit?
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Female 4,680
scheckydamon there's lactose in breastmilk? I'm going to have to google that shit.
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Female 4,680
emmettyville http://www.nursingnurture.com/lactose-intolerance-breast-milk/ sounds more like a misdiagnosed feeding issue or antibiotic reaction.
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Male 1,694
emmettyville If you would like to argue with a 6’2” lactation consultant, who by the way is a published  author on several studies and has presented globally, you go right ahead. I have to sleep next to her and after 35 years that requires one eye open and no sharp objects in the bedroom. Mammal milk in general has lactose in it. Goat milk and I’m sure some others don’t but human milk does. Lactose intolerance in children and adults is very common. When our daughter was born my wife was teaching and working at one of the premier teaching hospitals and if those Dr’s diagnosed LI, we were not going to argue. And good luck calling it a feeding issue.
Don’t mean to sound prissy but she’s a pro.
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Female 4,680
scheckydamon bit late now arguing about it....Good job though, I'm impressed.
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scheckydamon What's the correct term for a lactose intolerant person? Is it 'lactose bigot'??
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Male 1,694
barry9a Usually called smelly  fartlocker among other things. Babies are usually called “ Doesn’t that fucking thing ever stop crying?”
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Male 3,431
I guess if one stares at a mother suckling her child, or won't look but can't stop thinking about it if it's going on, one might feel uncomfortable. That would, however, be one's own problem.
breastfeeding is not the same as sitting down to a plate of food and tucking in, so my opinion - for whatever that's worth - is that a certain level of modesty should be practiced. Just as i would expect some level of decorum for changing a baby.
Neither act is shameful or immoral.
One has every right to be put off or offended, one has the obligation to get over it and move on.
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Male 1,648
captkangaroo I generally agree, but if you are going to change little Rupert's stinky diaper, use the bathroom please.
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Male 3,431
woodyville06 
Well, that was the jist regarding my comment about a certain level of decorum.
I did though, want to name my first born child 'Rupert', though my wife would have none of that, claiming such a name would somehow - in someway - stigmatize our daughter.
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Male 21,250
I once took an airplane from LA to San Francisco about 20 years ago. The seating arraignment in the plane was weird in that the cheap seats in the back had about 6 rows that faced each other so if you sat in one of these rows, you'd be facing three people from the opposite direction. I've never seen a commercial plane with seat configured like that again. 

Anyhoo, for about 30 minutes of the 60 minute flight, a new mom directly across from be whipped out a nipple and let her baby suckle -- no blankey covering the baby's head, not nothing. Now I don't mind breastfeeding in public, but it was difficult to have a conversation with my two friends who were sitting in her row, facing me. It was a very quiet flight. I wasn't offended, but I was definitely impressed with her who-gives-a-fuck attitude.
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Male 6,412
fancylad could have been worse
She could bave been suckeling her husband
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