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    Posted on Jan 12, 2018

    The Pope Welcomes Mothers To Breastfeed Inside The Sistine Chapel

    "If they're hungry, breastfeed them, without fear, feed them, because that's a language of love."

    During a baptism ceremony at the Vatican this past weekend, Pope Francis took a moment to make sure his views on public breastfeeding were known.

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    CNN reported that the Pope baptized 34 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, all of whom were the children of Vatican employees.

    Speaking of the babies in the pews, the Pope instructed parents: "If they start doing the 'concert,' it's because they're not comfortable."

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    "We will now continue the ceremony," the Pope declared.

    Moms have notoriously been publicly and privately shamed for breastfeeding in public, often being asked to cover up or encouraged to nourish their children in bathroom stalls.

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    Well, Pope Francis wants none of that.

    The head of the Catholic Church continued: "Either they're too hot, or they're not comfortable, or they're hungry. If they're hungry, breastfeed them, without fear, feed them, because that's a language of love."

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    It's not the first time the Pope has spoken out on the topic, four years ago he also encouraged mothers to feed their babies during mass, saying at the time: "If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat, no worries, because here, they are the main focus."

    Big ups, Pope Francis. Big ups.

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