Pope Francis Promotes Public Breastfeeding

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Back in April, I posted a beautiful picture of, then, Cardinal Bergoglio,  blessing nursing mothers at a mass for newborns.  Yesterday, Pope Francis made a statement of public support for nursing moms and the witness they provide to the Corporal Work of Mercy that is giving food to the hungry.  In response to a question on world hunger, Pope Francis said, "There are so many children that cry because they are hungry. At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding is Good Healthcare for Women (Not Just Babies)

Maria Lactans ("Nursing Madonna") Ora pro nobis.

From Time Magazine... If new moms adhered to the recommended guidelines that urge them to  breast-feed each child they give birth to for at least one year, they could  theoretically stave off up to 5,000 cases of breast cancer,  about 54,000 cases of hypertension and nearly 14,000 heart  attacks annually. Averting those diseases could also save $860 million, according to research  published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. ...Drilling deeper, the study found that less-than-optimal … [Read more...]