A Mother to All: Cabin Crew Breastfeeds Stranger’s Baby
Breastfeeding is still a work in progress in the Philippines. Yet every mother knows how important breast milk is for babies. One outstanding flight attendant stepped up and helped a mother soothe a passenger’s baby, doing something one of the most unexpected things: breastfeeding another woman’s child.
Patrisha Organo was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator. It was a momentous day for her flying career.
Everything went smoothly, she said, until after the plane took off. Organo heard an infant’s cry. She described it as “a cry that will make you want to do anything to help (sic).”
She approached the mother and asked if everything was OK. Organo encouraged the mother to feed her hungry child.
“Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk,” Patrisha explained.
Passengers began looking and staring at the “tiny, fragile, crying infant.”
“I felt a pinch in my heart,” she said. There was no formula milk onboard so the mother and Organo did not know what to do.
“I thought to myself, there is only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered,” Organo shared.
As soon as the baby stopped crying, she saw the relief on the mother’s eyes. Patrisha kept on feeding the baby until she fell asleep. She even escorted her back to her seat.
“Just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me,” Organio shared.
Patrisha did more than what was asked of her as a cabin crew. But she did what she had to do as a mother and a breastfeeding advocate.
To be humane is something that anyone is capable of. All it takes is sincerity and courage to do what is right and provide what is needed.