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Flight Attendant Helps Passenger by Breastfeeding

Patrisha Organo writes, "I felt a pinch in my heart"
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2018 9:40 AM CST
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(Newser) – Anyone who's griped about airline service, check this out—a flight attendant who says she breastfed a passenger's baby. The attendant, Patrisha Organo, heard the infant crying on a recent Philippine Airlines flight and asked if the mother was okay, CNN reports. "Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk," Organo writes on a Facebook post that has over 34,000 shares as of this writing. "Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant. I felt a pinch in my heart. There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered." With help from the flight's line administrator, Organo joined the mom in the plane's galley and went to work.

"The baby started rooting she was so hungry," writes Organo. "I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep. I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me." A self-described breastfeeding advocate, Organo tells Yahoo she empathized with the mother because her own breastfeeding journey was a tough one: "It was a storm of emotion and without my husband's support, I could never do it," she says. A few Facebook comments are critical of the mother ("i wouldnt [sic] trust her with my babys [sic] health like that," reads one) but most are all aglow. "I have no problem feeding any hungry baby with my breasts," writes one commenter. "Lovely story." (One woman was shamed for breastfeeding in her doctor's office.)

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