Patrisha Organo has been working as a flight attendant for four years for PAL Express and to her, the passenger’s security, comfort, and safety are her top priorities when she is in on her duty.
Hence, when a passenger who was a mother ran out of formula milk to feed her wailing baby, Organo quickly stepped up to help her.
It happened on November 6 when Organo was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator. It is one of the duties required of an assistant line administrator, a position that she had just been promoted to.
In her Facebook post which has gone viral on the internet, the flight attendant wrote that she heard an infant crying on board.
As a fellow mother, Organo knew that the baby was crying out of hunger.
“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.”
Organo who has been breastfeeding her own 9-months-old daughter felt that she had to do something so she offered something that no one would possible imagine—to breastfeed the infant.
Her colleague, Sheryl Villaflor, who was the Line Administrator on duty, assisted the mother to the galley where Organo breastfed the baby until the baby fell asleep.
“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.”
Ms. Organo who is a breastfeeding advocate too has never thought that the post would gain so much attention on social media
She posted the message in her Facebook account to tell the full story:
I BREASTFED A STRANGER’S BABY INFLIGHT
Yesteday, 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 Administator 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.
Flight Attendant/Breastfeeding Advocate
Breastfeeding has long been known to boost baby’s health as breast milk contains superior nutrition and antibodies that help baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
In early history,women from Egyptian, Greek and Roman empires usually fed only their own children.
However, breastfeeding began to be seen as something too common to be done by royalty, and wet nurses were employed to breastfeed the children of the royal families.
This was extended over the ages, particularly in western Europe, where noble women often made use of wet nurses.
Source: Facebook/Patrisha Organo