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Air hostess saves the day by offering to breastfeed passenger’s baby

Air hostess saves the day by offering to breastfeed passenger’s baby”

Instead of telling the mom her baby couldn't cry for more than five minutes, like this United Airlines flight attendant did back in September, Organo kindly offered her own milk. There's no formula milk onboard. "Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant", Organo shared.

Organo, was on the flight as the final check to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator, she wrote on Facebook.

I breastfed a stranger's baby in flight, and I am just so thankful for the gift of a mother's milk at times of need.

There you are, enclosed in this metal tube flying through the air with a few hundred exhausted people trying to fall asleep to The Illusionist, and your baby is screaming louder than the airplane engine itself.

"I felt a pinch in my heart", she wrote.

Patrisha, from Manila, was working on a 5.10am flight in the Philippines when she realised the child was hungry. "I saw the relief on her mother's eyes", she added.

She informed the flight's line administrator, Sheryl Villaflor, of her plan, and Villaflor assisted the mom to the galley, where the flight attendant breastfed the baby. Patrisha Organo, Flight Attendant/Breastfeeding Advocate. Her Facebook post featured a photo of her holding the passenger's baby, but she edited the picture to obscure the baby's face so as to protect "her family's privacy". "I approached the mother and asked if everything was okay ..."

In spite of her scheduled "check flight" that day, Organo's motherly instinct prevailed.

Feeding a baby milk from a woman who is not the mother risks exposing the child to infectious diseases, "to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk", according to the FDA's website.

As of this writing, the post has garnered 108,000 likes and 21,023 shares.

Patrisha, who has a nine-month-old little girl called Jade, said: "As soon as I heard the child's cry, I knew there had to be something that I could do to help".

"The other passengers had no idea what was going on", she recalls. "I have a feeling you will go on to do more great things!"



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