Flight Attendant Breastfeeds Infant Midflight When Mom Runs Out Of Formula
Patrisha Organo had reasons other than breastfeeding to be on this particular flight
Philippine Airlines flight attendant Patrisha Organo is a new mom who hasn’t always had an easy time breastfeeding her baby.
So, she really understands the pressures of a fellow struggling new mother.
She was on board a Philippines Airlines domestic flight as a “check flight.” She was looking to get promoted to cabin crew evaluator.
Once in flight, she heard a tiny baby screaming. She tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “You know the difference between a cry of hunger, a cry of sleepiness, or a cry of something else.”
That’s when the frantic mother shared that she had run out of formula.
“There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk.” She informed Sheryl Villaflor, the flight’s line administrator, of her plan — then she approached the mother again. “She said, ‘Yes yes!’ but in her language,” Organo says.
Organo says she will always remember the look of relief in the eyes of the baby’s mother.
As a mother herself, she could relate. That empathy, she told Yahoo Lifestyle, comes from her own personal journey with breastfeeding, which was not always an easy one.
“In my early days of breastfeeding, I would really like to give up, but because I have the strong support of my husband, I kept going,” she says. “He kept encouraging me. It was a storm of emotion and without my husband’s support, I could never do it.” Organo said that despite struggling with breastfeeding at first, she has a strong supply of milk — clearly strong enough for two.
Organo says she shared the photo and the story not to get accolades for herself. Rather, to share empathy for a fellow mom and also to be a breastfeeding advocate.
Personally, I love how Organo is able to share the story without going down the road of shaming her fellow mother.
To offering what we can to a fellow human being.
Oh, and to Organo, who passed her evaluation with flying colors (so to speak) and officially received her promotion.
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