Air hostess breastfeeds stranger’s crying baby after mother ran out of formula

A Philippines Airlines flight attendant breastfed a stranger's hungry baby mid-flight.                        Ted Aljibe  AFP  Getty Images

Patrisha Organo, a 24-year-old flight attendant and first-time mom, offered to breastfeed the stranger's baby.

A flight attendant stepped in and breast-fed a crying baby when her mum ran out of formula milk in-flight.

"A cry that will make you want to do anything to help", she shared in a Facebook post on Wednesday. And so she approached the mother, who came all the way from the North and was traveling alone, and asked if everything was okay.

"The helplessness you feel when you can not feed your hungry child is awful, so I had to step in", said the mum-of-one. "Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant".

"I felt a pinch in my heart". According to the World Health Organisation, mothers should evaluate their individual circumstances when deciding if their baby should consume donated breast milk or another nutrition source, like formula.

In spite of her scheduled "check flight" that day, Organo's motherly instinct prevailed.

"I knew that I could offer my own milk, as I had been breastfeeding my young child myself, so offered up my services".

She added: 'After I had breastfed the baby I escorted her and her mother back to their seat.

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Organo said of her own breastfeeding journey, that she experienced days when she wanted to give up - but is glad that she continued, noting that she has a strong supply of milk, which helped her nurse the crying child on the plane.

'As soon as the baby started rooting and feeding from me, I saw the relief on the mother's eyes and eventually her daughter fell asleep'.

'But later on, just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me for all of my help.

The flight attendant, who has a almost one-year-old daughter at home, heard an infant fussing after takeoff.

Two months before the incident, Organo was promoted as Assistant Line Administrator in the airline company.

The flight attendant said the trip turned out to be extra special not only because she passed her qualification test to become a cabin crew evaluator, but because she was able to help a passenger in need.

'She had been at the airport since the night before so had ran out of milk during the actual flight, which is what caused the baby to cry.

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