Flying with young children, especially babies, can be a pretty exhausting experience. So, when a young mother ran out of formula on her Philippine Airlines flight, it's not hard to imagine how stressed she must have been. The crying baby prompted the in-flight staff to check in with the mother. When flight attendant Patrisha Organo learned what was happening, she knew she had to do something.
Organo detailed the experience in a Facebook post. She is a new mother herself and said seeing the mother and child caused a "pinch in [her] heart". The concerned flight attendant, who considers herself a breastfeeding advocate, immediately offered to use her own milk to feed the child. She described the mother as relieved and said she was sincerely thanked for her efforts.
Organo was grateful for the opportunity to help a fellow mother and her child, but this flight was important in another way, too. She was being assessed to become a Cabin Flight Evaluator - needless to say, she received the certification. However, despite the praise she received online and in-flight, there are risks that come with her actions. The FDA warns that having another mother breastfeed your baby could lead to infectious disease, exposure to unknown prescriptions, or even illegal substances.
What do you think? Was the risk worth it? Did this flight attendant make the right choice by breastfeeding another mother's hungry child? Let us know in the comments!