A flight attendant opted for a mother who had no formula left to feed her baby on a domestic flight in the Philippines.
Patrisha Organo, flight attendant for Philippine Airlines, heard a child cry shortly after the start and "approached the mother and asked if everything was alright," she wrote in a Facebook post that contained a photo of her holding the child held in his hand.
"Tears, she [the mother] told me that you run out of formula milk, "Organo wrote about the flight on Tuesday.
Organo, who has a small daughter at home, said she felt a "pinch in my heart" because there was no formula on the plane.
"I thought there was only one thing I could offer, and that's my own milk. And so I offered, "she wrote.
A colleague took the mother to the galley, "where I breastfed the baby," wrote Organo, who calls herself a nursing lawyer.
"I saw the relief in her mother's eyes. I fed the baby until it fell asleep. I brought her back to her place and just before I left, her mother thanked me sincerely. "
Organo said she knew the flight would be important. She was not only qualified to judge the cabin crew on this flight, she was also able to "help".
"Thank you, sir, for the gift of breast milk," she wrote.
Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for babies. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it lowers the risks of some infections, type 2 diabetes and asthma – just to name a few.
However, the US Food and Drug Administration recommends consulting with a doctor before breast-feeding another mother.
Feeding a child with breastmilk from a non-mother woman carries a risk of exposing the child to infectious diseases, "chemical contaminants such as illicit drugs and a limited number of prescription medicines that may be present in breast milk" the scientist's FDA website.