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This flight attendant went above and beyond her duty to help a passenger's hungry baby

Indy 100 logoIndy 100 6 days ago Jack Webb
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At the risk of mansplaining the importance of a baby having milk, it's probably a safe bet to say that it's a child-rearing necessity.

Patrisha Organo, a 24-year-old flight attendant was working on a routine flight on board a Philippine Airlines Express plane and she saw that a fellow mother was in dire need.

She lent a hand instantly, and in a now-viral Facebook post, she shared the amazing story of how she was able to help a passenger soothe her crying baby - by breastfeeding the infant.

'Yesterday, I was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator', her post begins, 'I thought that this flight’s gonna be so special as this is a big step on my flying career'.

As it turns out Organo was more than right about the flight being special. After taking off she heard a crying infant which made her spring into action.

Her Facebook post explains how she approached the mother and asked how she was, and also said it would be fine to feed her hungry child.

Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk. Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant.

Organo quickly realised that there was no formula milk on the plane, and so without recourse she did the only thing she could; offered to breastfeed the baby herself.

She asked permission from her superior officer, Sheryl Villaflor, and the baby's mother to feed the baby.

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.

In an interview with Smart Parenting, Organo revealed that the mother in question had been in the airport since 9 pm on November 5, 2018, while the flight left at 5:10 am the next morning. She was flying with her baby, who was less than a month old.

Ms. Sheryl Villaflor, Line Administator on my flight, immediately assisted the mother to the galley where I breastfed the baby. The baby started rooting, she was so hungry.

Organo, who is a mother herself, expresses that she could see the relief in the woman's eyes. She continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep, and then escorted the mother and infant back to their seat.

I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.

I was right, the flight’s gonna be special, so special not only because I got qualified as an Evaluator but I got to help.

I breastfed a stranger’s baby in-flight.

Thank you, Lord for the gift of mother’s milk.

The post in full reads:

I BREASTFED A STRANGER’S BABY INFLIGHT.

Yesterday, I was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator.

I thought that this flight’s gonna be so special as this is a big step on my flying career.

Everything went smoothly until after take off, I heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you want to do anything to help.

I approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay, I tried to tell her to feed her hungry child.

Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk.

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. Ms. Sheryl Villaflor, Line Administrator on my flight, immediately assisted the mother to the galley where I breastfed the baby.

The baby started rooting, she was so hungry. 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. I was right, the flight’s gonna be special, so special not only because I got qualified as an Evaluator but I got to help.

I breastfed a stranger’s baby inflight. Thank you, Lord for the gift of mother’s milk. Patrisha Organo Flight Attendant/Breastfeeding Advocate​

 

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